Heroin Epidemic

Heroin Epidemic And Overdose Rises In The United States

Heroin epidemic, and addiction in general, is an ailment most individuals disregard for a number of reasons. Some view addiction as a product of an individual’s subconscious mind and feel it can easily be controlled by willpower. They neglect the mental connection there is to it.

This belief, on the other hand, has been weakening the human efforts to curb this deadly ailment that has been the root cause of tons of death cases. Hence, the epidemic, especially that of heroin, has been gaining dominance over the human race at a worrisome pace.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that heroin epidemic overdose in the united states has sprouted higher up than the previous years by a staggering 100% increase rate in females and 50% in males of most age groups and all income levels.

The research further showed that the increase in the heroin epidemic and overdose has lead to a massive increase in heroin-related overdose death cases with the below statistics:

  • The rate of heroin-related death compared to the year 2010 have more than quadrupled.
  • The heroin overdose death rate increased by 20.6% between 2014 and 2015.
  • There was more than 13,000 death victims of heroin overdose in 2015 alone.
  • Between 2015 and 2014, there was a 22.4% increase in heroin overdose death rate of males between 25-44.

Based on the research, the possible factors that have facilitated this massive rise in the epidemic are:

  • The low cost of acquisition of heroin;
  • Increased availability of heroin and;
  • High purity of heroin in the U.S.

Most U.S. states suffered a rise in this overdose. However, the rise was rather more significant in some states than the others. Below therefore, are the states with the most significant increase in the overdose from the year 2014-2015:

  • South Carolina — 57.1% increase
  • North Carolina — 46.4% increase
  • Tennessee — 43.5% increase
  • Virginia — 38.7% increase
  • Georgia — 37.5% increase
  • Massachusetts — 33.3% increase
  • New York — 28.6% increase
  • Connecticut — 27% increase
  • Maryland — 26.9% increase
  • Ohio — 19.8% increase
  • Illinois — 19.6% increase

The rate of rise of this overdose and the increase in victims of its harmful effects is a clear proof that the epidemic is better contained now, or possibly never.

Receive Help and Get into Recovery from Heroin Addiction

The heroin epidemic is rising mainly because addicts are clueless or where to seek for help or of how to go about it. And as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the best approaches states can take to curb this epidemic is by increasing access to substance abuse treatment services.

Don’t sit back, stare at the rising heroin-related death rate statistics and hope for a miracle for your ailment.

All you need to do is to decide to fight your addiction and call to speak to connect to a treatment center at (866) 644-7911

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The Treatment Specialist

The Treatment Specialist offers mental health information and treatment resources for adults, teens, and families. If you or your loved one is suffering and is in need of help, you’re not alone, call to receive guidance and support at 866-644-7911.

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