Drug Rehab Center - Mountainside Cites That Heroin And Opiate
Use Is On The Rise. Heroin Use And Prevalence Increases As Does
The Number Of Deaths From It's Use
on: November 2, 2009, 5:38 am
Author: Heroin Rehab Treatment Center
numbers of individuals entering inpatient drug
rehab for heroin and opiate addiction continues to increase.
In Afghanistan and Pakistan the opium (heroin) trade is tightly
controlled by al Qaeda and the Taliban, and despite the war the
efforts, the production of heroin and opium has dramatically increased
- heroin is still dirt-cheap and readily purchased on the streets
of Kabul and sold in short distance of military barracks. This
phenomena has caused many analysts to be alarmed that our troops,
reacting to the stress of war and ease of access of drugs, may
develop drug habits like many of the soldiers in the Vietnam era.
prevalence of cheap heroin has become a major issue in this country
for teenagers who have begun experimenting with the drug as it
is often cheaper and easier to buy than alcohol. Last year more
than 46 people died from heroin overdoses in Nassau County, NY
- this represents a 75 percent year over year increase. One of
these individuals was Natalie Ciappa, a National Honor Society
member at her high school on Long Island.
this past Wed, more than 1,000 parents gathered at a hosted forum
in Smithtown, NY to voice their support and concern for the drug
correlated to the increase in heroin
addiction has been the number of deaths by people using methadone.
Many individuals who enter heroin rehab, also have tried methadone.
A recent study published by the National Drug Intelligence Center
(DIC indicates a 390% increase in deaths due to methadone since
1999. Increase in methadone deaths attributed to the drugs emerging
popularity for use with chronic pain sufferers as well as increased
diversion (stealing from legitimate sources and diverting to the
street for illegal consumption).
The highest overdose rate was experienced among those between
the ages of 15 – 24.
Opiate addiction or dependence which is recognized as a central
nervous system disorder, can affect anyone from any walk of life.
Opiate addiction is
essentially what happens after someone intakes opiods such as
Heroin, Oxycontin, Percocet and others for extended periods of
time causing the brain to stop producing the vital chemical dopamine
(the body’s natural response to pain as well as other physical
activities) which in turn causes an uncontrollable urge for that
person to have to ingest more of the drug they had been taking
just to feel “normal”.
Opiate dependence while chemically the same as addiction more
often occurs in people who have suffered from chronic or severe
pain and have to be on this type of medication for an extended
period of time. Normally to avoid any unpleasant effects the person’s
physician will taper them off of the medication so the patient’s
brain function has a chance to return to normal. Once the brain
is actively producing dopamine and as long as the patient is no
longer in pain, the medication is no longer medically needed.
Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center has been
helping people recover from alcoholism
for over 12 years. Located in Connecticut, just north of New York
City, its national program continues to help people from all over
It's licensed and credentialed counselors and clinical staff includes
a Nursing Team that specialize in drug addiction and alcoholism
treatment. The highly capable drug addiction treatment team is
dedicated to providing compassionate and quality alcohol and drug
treatment. In these hard economic times - Mountainside Drug Rehab
is there to help. Please contact us at the number below or visit
it's website at (www.mountainside.com).
If you or someone you love is in need of treatment please contact
Mountainside Drug Rehabilitation Center at: 800-762-5433 •