In the latest VitalSigns report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the focus is heroin addiction. Heroin use has more than doubled in the last decade among people between the ages of 18 and 25, and thousands of lives are being lost to the drug each year.
The CDC listed out several points that need to be considered in each state to help reduce the drug’s impact. These include:
- Use all available tools to reduce the prescription painkiller use and availability, as they represent the biggest risk factor for developing a heroin addiction
- Increase access to substance abuse treatment services for those abusing or addicted to the drug
- Expand access to and training for administering naloxone to reduce opioid overdose deaths
- Increase efforts for reducing harm through a variety of prevention and intervention tactics
- Share best practices with other communities and help them get implemented around the nation
In addition to the above information, additional facts were shared to help increase awareness. One of them was the fact that nearly every heroin user also uses other drugs or alcohol, and poly-substance abuse also increases the chances of drug interaction and compounding negative effects.
While many government agencies continue to push medication-assisted treatment such as using methadone or buprenorphine as long-term maintenance drugs, we try to help people explore the option of finding treatment centers that use other methods for rehabilitation first. Dependency on another form of opioid should be a last resort for the course of treatment in our book. We very routinely get calls from people looking for Suboxone clinics, and we are often able to help them find other alternatives to consider.
If you know of someone who needs help to recover from a heroin problem, call us today for more information and resources for recovering from substance abuse.