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Decline in Prescription Drugs and the Correlation to Rise in Heroin

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We all know that going to the doctor to get a prescription for an ailment we experience is a typical activity in modern life. Addiction experts believe though that there are certain types of prescriptions drugs associated with addiction and as a result tighter restrictions to make them harder to get have been sanctioned. It would appear that these restrictions would help limit the potential cases of addiction however evidence has suggested of that not being the case. In the case of painkillers it has led to unexpected and most significantly unwelcome consequences in terms of addiction. 

 

Did you know that between the years of 1997 and 2007 the milligram per-person rate of painkillers rose by 402 percent? This growing statistic led to legislators making the drugs less accessible and for manufacturers to reformulate the actual pills themselves.  As painkillers became regulated, a bigger threat still emerged, as heroin became the unwelcome replacement for those facing addiction to painkillers. 

 

La Paloma (an FRN partner) an treatment center that offers an integrated treatment plan for persons with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health disorders has developed an article (http://www.lapalomatreatment.com/heroin-treatment/decline-prescription-drugs-correlation-rise-heroin/) that goes into great about the decline of prescription drugs which in turn has led to the rise of heroin. The article highlighted by info graphics and statistics the article goes into detail about the following information:

 

-The drop in OxyContin use and the subsequent rise of heroin use

-The effect painkiller regulation has on people who are not overusing it

-Better solutions to help who are afflicted with a painkiller/heroin addiction

 

Check out the article by visiting http://www.lapalomatreatment.com/heroin-treatment/decline-prescription-drugs-correlation-rise-heroin/

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