The prescription drug abuse epidemic has many consequences, and alongside more people switching from opioid medicines like OxyContin to heroin, a new report has shown more people are dying from heroin overdoses. According to the CDC, deaths from prescription painkillers quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, but during this time, heroin overdose deaths only increased by less than half. However, since 2010 there have been many reports of increases in heroin overdose deaths in specific cities and states. The new report investigated these concerns and ultimately found that the number of heroin overdose deaths across the country has doubled in just two years.
New Jersey is referred to as the Garden State, home of rock icons Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, the Miss America Pageant, Atlantic City casinos and sadly, heroin addiction. According to the Community Foundation of New Jersey, “since 2010, heroin has become the most commonly cited drug for emergency department and drug treatment admissions in New Jersey.” Although the prevailing thought is that addiction is an urban problem, it resides right along with people who live on tree-lined streets in upper class suburbs. Newark airport and shipping ports allow for easy access to drug traffickers.
When someone you care about is addicted to prescription painkillers or heroin, it can feel like you’ve already lost them. Sadly, drug overdose deaths are more common than ever, taking the No. 1 spot in leading causes of accidental death in the U.S., surpassing even car crashes.
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The fight is on against our nation’s prescription opioid epidemic, with new policies and oversights increasingly putting the brakes on the freewheeling practices of the past that have led so many into addiction.