Heroin Overdoses Have Tripled Since 2010
The Centers for Disease Control recently stated that heroin overdoses have tripled since 2010. While deaths from Oxycodone and Hydrocodone have decreased, heroin is killing more people than ever. And it’s not just concentrated in inner-city slums, with seedy individuals skulking in and out of housing projects. It stretches through affluent, suburban communities and rural areas across the country.
There’s no longer any such thing as a “typical” heroin addict. The common misconception is that a heroin addict is homeless, dirty, living in the streets, has no teeth, no family and no dignity left. Currently, heroin addicts are the most unsuspecting people; the kid next door from a rich family who had a football injury a few years earlier or the doctor who started prescribing himself pain medication because it “takes the edge off.” Someone who looks like an upstanding individual may be a closeted opiate addict. Opiate addiction is also starting younger these days. In August of 2015, the FDA approved the pediatric use of Oxycontin. Only to be prescribed for children with cancer or severe injuries, this has only opened the door for a possible rise in underage opiate addiction. As it is, fifteen and sixteen-year-old kids are being escorted by their parents to the methadone clinics before school to get their daily doses. Kids are becoming addicted younger and younger and it all starts with a completely legal and harmless-looking pill.