Did you know that heroin is the top drug threat in the United States? There are many dangerous drugs. But the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has recently declared that heroin is the worst and most dangerous drug threat in the nation. Regrettably, the heroin epidemic continues to spread and it’s getting worse.
An Increasing Number of Drug and Heroin Overdose Related Deaths
Heroin has become widely available just about anywhere and is amongst the top drug used and abused across the board. Furthermore, according to NBC News, the number of heroin overdose related deaths continues to increase each and every year. This is also true for overall drug overdose.
According to the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary in 2014, drug overdose related deaths have reached as high as 46,471. More than half of the deaths were caused by prescription painkillers (opiates) and heroin. According to a recent survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there was a 51 percent increase in the number of people who reported using heroin within the last 30 days between 2013 and 2014. Heroin seizures or acquisitions have almost doubled since 2010 in the United States from 2763 Kilograms to 5013 kilograms in 2014.
Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator for the DEA said in a news release, “Sadly this report confirms what we’ve known for some time: drug abuse is ending too many lives too soon and destroying families and communities…we must reach young people at an even earlier age and teach them about its many dangers and horrors.”
Prescription Opiate Painkillers Worse than Heroin?
The DEA report confirms that there have been more prescription drug related deaths than deaths caused by cocaine and heroin combined since 2002. The report also confirms that abuse of controlled prescription drugs is higher than that of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine (meth), MDMA and PCP combined. Thus, prescription opiate pain killers may be an even bigger problem than heroin.
Fentanyl Related Deaths (Mixed with Heroin and Solo)
Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, caused more than 700 overdose related deaths in the United States between late 2013 and early 2015. What’s more, fentanyl is sometimes added to batches of heroin or sold by itself by drug dealers peddling it off as heroin. Synthetic cannabinoids (a group of active compounds found in marijuana) and bath salts are synthetic designer drugs manufactured in China and continue to create large problems in the United States.
Spreading Awareness about the Opiate and Heroin Epidemic
There’s no doubt that increased use and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers and heroin is on the rise. Each and every year the number of heroin addiction and overdose related deaths increase. As a result, more and more families are torn apart as they have to watch their loved one live and die by their disease of addiction. See “Proof that Addiction is a Disease: How Addiction Affects the Brain” for more information.
Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide can’t do a lot from the top level to put a stop to the production of heroin, prescription opiate painkillers and synthetic designer drugs like fentanyl. However what this community can do is spread awareness about the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic so that families can teach and educate their young loved ones early enough in hopes that knowledge and understanding will stop today’s youth from ever even touching these deadly drugs. Moreover, this community hopes to reach those that are currently suffering from the affects of active addiction, to inspire them and help them get into excellent addiction treatment centers and/or get the aid they need to stop using drugs and live a life of long, lasting recovery.
Written and Published By,
William – Publisher and Founder of Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide™
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