Drug and alcohol addiction has been a steadily increasing and rising problem over the years in the United States, now bordering on the levels of sheer epidemics. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention labeled drug and alcohol addiction as being a full on epidemic the likes of which the nation has never seen before, and just in the last few years the drug and alcohol issue became the country’s number one health-related problem.
How did this all happen? One of the biggest causes of the country’s major drug crisis has been in that of opiates. Opiates have increased in popularity on massive levels and on equally massive scales to a very marked degree. This crisis issue and problem just keeps going up and up and up with no signs or indications whatsoever of it going down or relaxing anytime soon either. It is just a steadily increasing and very concerning problem the likes of which we have never seen before.
The biggest problem with opiates is that a tandem use and abuse of prescription pills and heroin is what is really occurring. There are now two different opiate drugs that can be abused, whereas before the inception of opiate prescription pain drugs there was only one, and that one wasn’t that common either. Now that opiate pain reliever drugs are the nation’s number one addictive drug of choice, heroin is also coming back into the fold of popularity as a result of it. In very big ways, heroin is back on the stage and is once again causing massive concern all across the United States. Some areas are affected more severely than others, one such area being Southern Michigan.
Heroin is a Big Problem in Michigan
Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, these are all Southern Michigan cities that have seen spikes in heroin overdoses and heroin deaths too. One police officer from Battle Creek had this to say about heroin overdoses and problems having to do with heroin:
- “We have had eight and possibly nine overdoses since Dec. 29,” Sgt. Jeff Case said. “We believe one of them was a death and we are investigating a second one that may be a death from a heroin overdose.”
Bad news. Bad news indeed. So how does the family members and loved ones of potential heroin addicts in Michigan prevent an overdose from happening? The very same police officer hit the nail on the head in discussing how to counteract the heroin problem in Battle Creek, Michigan:
- “It’s a struggle now,” he said. “We have an increase in heroin overdoses and we can arrest dealers and disrupt the flow for the short term, but until that desire for drugs is gone, someone will fill those shoes as a dealer.”
This is the truth of the matter. Until the addiction itself is actually dealt with, the person is simply going to go on and continue to abuse heroin. There is really no other way of stating it, and there is no other way of addressing this problem that is at all workable.
Because so many Americans are now abusing pain reliever drugs (see above) there has also been a severe spike in heroin abuse statistics in the United States as well (the drugs go hand in hand) and these are problems that can really only be counteracted with drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation centers. For example, from the year of 2001 to the year of 2013 there was a no less than a five-fold increase in the total number of deaths from heroin overdoses in the United States of America. The really unfortunate thing about all of this is that the heroin problem was practically gotten rid of in the United States at the turn of the century. However following a no less than three-hundred percent increase in the production of opiate pain relievers between 2001 and 2005 by American pharmaceutical companies, heroin abuse statistics (including heroin overdose deaths among other things) has now soared to literally unprecedented levels in the U.S..
Now more than ever, the focus needs to be on getting heroin addicts into rehabilitation before they experience an overdose.