A National Directory of Drug Treatment Centers and Alcohol Treatment Centers, Therapists and Specialists. A free, simple directory providing assistance and guidance for those seeking help regarding alcohol addiction, drug addiction, dependency and many other conditions that affect the mind, body and soul.
Call 800-580-9104 Who Answers? to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Heroin Related Deaths on the Rise as Prescription Drug Abuse Declines

An alarming increase of heroin related deaths has swept the nation affecting many states where prescription drug abuse has been on a decline. Likely the result of people switching from abusing expensive prescription medications to using heroin which is more widely available and affordable, the increase in heroin related overdose and death is a very scary concern for treatment professionals, hospitals and communities alike.

In some states, such as Maryland, suburban teens become addicted to prescription drugs such as Roxycontin, Oxycontin and other opioids and eventually turn to heroin purchased from street drug dealers to qualm their cravings. Thousands of kids, and adults, are switching from prescription pills to heroin and the result has been devastating. People are dying all around as a result of this dangerous drug abuse and though task forces have been created to monitor prescription writing and to aid in the prevention of additional people becoming hooked pills, there is little hope in sight.

Prescription drugs and heroin

Heroin and prescription drug abuse can cause serious problems.

In less than half a year, more than 200 people died from heroin-related overdose in Maryland alone. This number was up 41% from the number of related deaths that took place in the entire previous year. In the same period of time, overdose deaths that were related to prescription painkillers such as Oxycodone or methadone actually declined 15% which has led professionals to believe that there is a significant need for additional force to get heroin out of the hands of these patients.

As prescription writing declines for certain commonly abused drugs such as Oxycodone and Oxycontin, these heroin related deaths seem to be increasing ten-fold. State, federal and local governments as well as law enforcement agencies and the entire medical community is working together to shut down pill mills, reduce the number of prescriptions that are administered for these drugs and take action against the prescription medication addiction epidemic that has recently swept our nation. Unfortunately, all this work has simply led thousands of people to use heroin in replacement of the prescription drugs.

If you or someone you know is addicted to prescription medications or heroin, treatment is available. We can help you find a local treatment center that will provide effective, quality treatment for heroin addiction or painkiller addiction. Call 1-888-465-4616 to speak with a professional today for help.

More Treatment & Detox Articles

Substance Abuse and Mental Illness – Current Statistics

Substance abuse and mental health

It is a long-observed conclusion that many people with substance abuse problems also have mental health issues. The debate often rests on whether or not one causes the other and if treatment of one can make the other disappear. This can be a heated topic, as some experts insist on treating both as co-occurring disorders,….

Continue reading

What to Expect in Treatment Centers

treatment programs

In 2009, as many as 23.5 million Americans needed treatment for alcohol and drug addictions, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Of that number, only 11.2 percent or 2.6 million people actually sought out treatment. When considering the wide range of treatment centers available for both alcohol and drug addictions, anyone suffering from….

Continue reading

Center will study effects of alcohol on brain

UNM was given $2.5 million this semester to start one of the nation’s first fetal alcohol research centers. The program is funded by a five-year grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The New Mexico Alcohol Research Center will look at the effects of alcohol on the brain. Dr. Daniel Savage, who….

Continue reading

Canadians spend millions drinking just to sleep

Canadians are spending hundreds of millions of dollars every year self-medicating their insomnia with alcohol, a new study suggests. “We were very surprised to see that so many people use alcohol as a way to promote sleep, particularly because it has more detrimental than beneficial effects on sleep,” says Charles Morin, a professor of psychology….

Continue reading

Alcohol poisoning: The hard facts

Poisoning caused by binge drinking –┬ádrinking excessively within a short period. For men, that’s five standard-sized alcoholic beverages within two hours. For women it’s four or more standard-sized drinks, which is defined as a 12-ounce beer, a 5- ounce glass of wine or a mixed drink with one shot. With excessive drinking, the liver struggles….

Continue reading

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Additional calls will also be forwarded and returned by one of our treatment partners below.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by ARK Behavioral Health, a paid advertiser on TreatmentCenters.com.

All calls are private and confidential.

I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOWI NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOW 800-580-9104Response time about 1 min | Response rate 100%
Who Answers?