Heroin addiction is the modern day epidemic. While everyone is aware of heroin in our country, not all are informed where the roots of this addiction stem. Big pharmaceutical companies responsible for distribution of prescription opioids have made it possible for doctors to over-prescribe prescription painkillers to patients for years. Negligent to the effects of addiction, patients prescribed for long-term use would develop a tolerance to prescription opiates later in life resulting in substance abuse. Not only do the over-prescribed pain killers result in addiction, but as a result preludes the wrongful distribution of any and all excess opiates to the general public. The pharmaceutical companies not only supply patients but as well as addicts. Those who face substance abuse look for a cheaper alternative to their addiction. Introducing heroin to be the number one killer in America today, a single dose can cost anywhere from life to death in an instance. It’s that quick.
- WHERE IT BEGINS ─ PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Doctors are aware today that over-prescribing opiates for long-term use has created a drug epidemic.
Two commonly known prescription pain relievers are Oxycodone and Oxycontin:
- OXYCODONE – PRESCRIBED PAIN RELIEVER THAT IS COMBINED WITH OTHER SEDATIVES (IBUPROFEN & TYLENOL).
- OXYCONTIN – CONTAINS ONLY OXYCODONE; PROVIDING A STRONGER REACTION TO THE EFFECTS OF THE OXYCODONE.
- FENTANYL IS THE NEW HEROIN
The streets of Ohio as well as its neighboring states, Kentucky and West Virginia, are being flooded by synthetic versions of Heroin, causing widespread overdoses and deaths due to the cheaper versions of the drug:
- FENTANYL – Synthetic opioid: 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
- CARFENTANIL – (LARGE ANIMAL ANESTHETIC) People are injecting this tranquilizer that is used on animals as large an elephants. Addicts are unaware that what they are buying is no longer heroin; this drug is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than Fentanyl.
The majority of fentanyl in the United States illegally ships through trade exports from China, where opium is commonly known to grow. Law enforcement proceeds to heavily monitor all exports with China. Cracking down on the flow of narcotics into the U.S., fentanyl still succeeds to be in the mix of heroin deals in local communities today.
“DEA has now trained 1,033 employees in DEA Field Divisions on how to administer the overdose-reversal medicine naloxone.” – The White House Office of the Press Secretary
- NALOXONE – (NARCAN) is FDA-approved. A nasal spray that is used to reverse the effects of an overdose.
NARCAN is available to patients and caregivers. Affordable to anyone and can be purchased at your local pharmacy. Although Narcan is proven to reverse the effects of an overdose, more than one use has been applied when reviving victims of an overdose.
More information on NARCAN can be found here: http: //www.narcan.com/?gclid=CMaA-aLkzM8CFQuraQodVwgEyA
- DRUG ABUSE IN OHIO
Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is now available to those who suffer from the effects of severe withdrawals:
- BUPRENORPHINE– Used to treat pain. Currently used to help ease addicts off of heroin or opiates without the intense withdrawals.
- Proper Training on appropriate opioid prescriptions will be completed by health care providers nationwide.
- WHAT IS BEING DONE TODAY?
- Obama announces there will be $1.1 Billion in funding for treatment that has been provided through Congress.
- Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs will take place in big pharmaceutical companies.
- Grants provided to Law enforcement will fund future investigations of the distribution and manufacturing of the widespread use of narcotics.
More information on actions taken by the government can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/19/fact-sheet-obama-administration-announces-prescription-opioid-and-heroin