Synthetic drugs and prescription drugs may be among the most widely reported trends in drug addiction recently, but it doesn’t mean heroine abuse is taking a backseat. In fact, experts are seeing rising cases of heroin addiction treatment admissions, overdoses, and fatalities. A lot of them are happening in areas where the drug has seldom been seen before.
In Ohio, heroin abuse has become so prevalent that users say it is “falling out of the sky.” Between 2008 and 2009, drug overdoses from heroine had increased by 25 percent, according to state officials. Heroin use in the state continue to rise because the drug is seen as less expensive and easier to obtain.
In St. Louis city and county, officials report heroin as the culprit that killed 310 people in the past two years alone.
In 2001, heroin killed 1,901 people — 22 percent were under 30, including 45 teenagers. Meanwhile, data from death certificates compiled by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2009 showed heroine killed nearly 3,500 Americans. According to addiction experts and law enforcement officials, young people are at higher risk of using heroin.
Heroin is typically injected or smoked. Pure heroin comes in white powdery substance and some heroin is dark brown. It gives users a burst or rush of good feelings, not to mention “high.” Heroin users who try to stop using the drug may usually experience withdrawal symptoms that include feelings of panic, sleeplessness, bad chills and sweats, muscle pain, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.