Heroin Use in Florida Has Changed – Archstone Behavioral Health
Heroin use in Florida has changed. Heroin use is now more common than cocaine and prescription drugs combined. Heroin-related deaths have also been increasing at an alarming rate across the state for years – hitting 1,868 in 2013 alone. Heroin was initially introduced as a painkiller, but its usage quickly spiraled out of control, with people becoming addicted to its euphoric effects. Heroin abuse can cause many negative consequences, including overdose death, infectious diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis C due to needle sharing, and criminal activity committed under the influence of heroin-like theft, burglary, and robbery. The best way to combat this issue is by educating yourself about heroin.
How Heroin Use Has Changed
Heroin is becoming increasingly pure and more dangerous to users who are using it for the first time; they may overdose because of their heroin inexperience and tolerance levels, which have not yet been established. This is very different from how people used to take heroin: by snorting or smoking it – typically with a group of friends – rather than injecting themselves with needles full of opioids.
Now, in Florida and many other states, the heroin trade is controlled by Mexican cartels. They are bringing heroin into the country hidden in cars, trucks, and even people’s bodies. The cartels are also mixing fentanyl – a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin – with their heroin to make it even more addictive and deadly. As a result, we see more overdoses from Heroin laced with fentanyl.
Original Use of Heroin
Heroin is a highly addictive drug first synthesized by the Bayer Pharmaceutical Company of Germany in 1895. Heroin, also called diamorphine, among other names, is derived from opium and is typically used as a recreational drug for its euphoric effects. However, it wasn’t until Florida changed how they distributed medication to patients suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) that heroin’s original purpose would be rediscovered; treating the pain associated with OUD.
Florida had initially made strides towards eliminating the prescription of opioids through legislation such as House Bill 21, which passed into law on June 11th, 2018. This bill aimed at preventing over-prescription of opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone by requiring doctors to review patients’ history before prescribing medication.
How Can Archstone Behavioral Health Help You
Heroin is an incredibly addictive drug that causes many people to struggle with addiction. Heroin is a schedule one narcotic, meaning it has no medical use, and doctors cannot prescribe it. Heroin affects the same brain areas as opioid painkillers, which can make withdrawal difficult after regular heroin usage stops or decreases dramatically in frequency or quantity.
If you are struggling with heroin addiction, Archstone Behavioral Health can help. We offer various treatment options that can help you change your life for the better. Our experienced professionals will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs.
We understand that addiction is a complex disease, and we are dedicated to providing compassionate care that will help you overcome it. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how we can help you or your loved one start on the road to recovery.