Heroin is not a drug for the rich anymore; it's ravaging America, one city and suburb at a time. Part of the reason why heroin use is so common amongst young people is due to the simple fact that it is cheap. In the past, Southeast Asia and Colombia were the two main sources of heroin but now Mexico has become the primary source, which has allowed the cost to drop significantly. The average cost of a single dose of heroin is approximately $10-$20, depending on how pure it is. Today heroin is typically at least 70% pure while historically, the product being sold was said to have a purity of less than 10%. The cost of heroin is now comparable to the cost of drugs such as marijuana and prescription medications but provides a much more powerful high, making it more desirable. Because of the higher purity of the drug, people are now able to use it more frequently without having to deal with the complications, or stigmas, of injecting it.
"Here at HRH, we have seen a huge increase in the number of admission seeking detox and or treatment from opioid addiction," said Siamak Khadjenoury, CEO of Highland Ridge. "In the recent months, Heroine is no longer seen as the drug of choice for the fringe but a powerful and devastating choice for suburban housewives, professionals and the affluent alike. While it is heartbreaking to welcome a new patient in despair, it is reassuring to know they have the opportunity to leave with a sense of accomplishment and hope. Our entire staff including medical, nursing and clinical is highly trained and dedicated to clients and their families suffering from use of Heroine and other substances."
As the frequency of use increases, the dosage taken at each use will subsequently increase, putting these young people at a much higher risk of suffering from the dire consequences of chronic use, including overdosing, becoming infected with incurable diseases, or facing an untimely death.
How do we solve it?
Communities: Work together to help put an end to this increasing abuse of heroin. Increasing awareness and knowledge on the topic is the first step towards change. Community outlets, such as hospitals, libraries, and schools, can aid in this process by providing educational classes for individuals who may be concerned about a loved one struggling with this addiction. Schools can work closely with parents if there are questions or concerns regarding the behaviors of their students which they feel may be indicative of possible drug use.
Parents & Family: Learn what heroin addiction is so that you recognize and understand the signs and symptoms. If you believe that a loved one may be using heroin but are unsure, do not hesitate to get a medical opinion. The earlier the intervention occurs, the better.
Treatment Programs: Highland Ridge Hospital and other programs can provide knowledgeable resources for those with questions regarding what heroin is and what it means to be addicted to it. They can provide free assessments that will aid in the process of developing a track for recovery. And, most importantly, they will work to help provide therapeutic and medical interventions for those who need it.
Heroin addicts rarely seek treatment on their own and many may not even realize that their use has become a problem. Getting these individuals to a point where they can admit that they need help will be a challenge, but by pooling together community resources we can work towards developing a plan aimed at eliminating this issue altogether.
About Highland Ridge: Highland Ridge Hospital is a community-focused center, providing inpatient, outpatient and detox treatment programs, located in Midvale, Utah. As a leader in addiction treatment, our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for adolescents, children, men, women, and seniors, who are struggling with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Each patient receives individualized care in a safe, comfortable environment, while working towards recovery. For more information on the drugs we treat and programs offered, visit http://www.highlandridgehospital.com.