10 Ways to Fight a Heroin Problem

heroinHeroin addiction affects over 4 million Americans every year. Here are ten ways to fight the growing heroin problem in our country.

1. Prevent heroin addiction

Heroin use in the United States has reached record highs since the eighties. Preventing initial heroin use is the most effective way to stop the growing problem in the United States. There are a number of factors involved in the growing problem, including cost and availability. However, the only way to prevent addiction is to stop it from ever being used in the first place.

2. Stop drug trafficking

Heroin in the United States has reached record highs. This is largely due to the availability of the drug. In the past year the amount of heroin confiscated crossing the US borders as well as the amount of heroin confiscated in the US is more than double previous years. Somehow drug trafficking has found a way to increase the amount of heroin being sold in the US. The increased quantity of heroin has decreased the price, making it easier for drug users to obtain it.

3. Raise awareness

It has been found through surveys that addicts generally agree that if they had been informed of the dangers of heroin before they first tried it, they would have never used heroin. Raising awareness of heroin use, addiction and the dangers they involve can prevent others from ever trying heroin.

4. Learning to identify heroin users

Heroin causes the body to enter into a false relaxed state. It is possible to identify a heroin user by the way they talk, their physical appearance and their general behavior. Heroin users tend to sniffle, have bruises where they injected the drug and to lose weight unnaturally.

5. Effective heroin rehabilitation centers

Many heroin rehabilitation centers do not offer detoxification programs. Instead, many of them only help clients through withdrawal symptoms and then discharge them. Additionally, many rehabilitation centers use prescription drugs to lessen the pain. These prescription drugs have their own side effects and can be addictive as well.

6. Prevent prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse of drugs such as oxycodone can often lead to heroin abuse. Prescription drugs like oxycodone and morphine are derived from the same types of substances as heroin. Prescription drugs can be difficult for drug addicts to get a hold of, however, because they need a prescription or because these drugs are expensive on the black market. Heroin is then a common alternative.

7. Providing healthcare coverage for rehabilitation

Many health insurance plans do not cover recovery from narcotics. Plans which do cover narcotic recovery often require patients to jump through many hoops before they will cover an inpatient rehabilitation program. Heroin is excruciatingly painful to withdraw from, and rehabilitation programs make it easier and more effective.

8. Drug rehabilitation programs in prison

One in five state prisoners are serving time for drug related crimes. The United States has more prisoners than any other country in the world, too. Many prisoners are arrested for using or possessing  illegal drugs, and they then have to withdraw from these drugs in prison. Providing an effective rehabilitation program in prison could prevent inmates from repeating their stays later in life.

9. Drug use in television and movies

Music, movies and television have a tendency to portray drug use and addiction in a glamorous light.  Imitation of what is seen in entertainment is another cause for drug use and addiction. Getting a truthful image of drug use into our culture will help prevent a glamorous image from continuing to be created.

10. Education

Drug education is given in most schools. However, the harmful effects of drugs aren’t always made known as well as they should be. Some drug education programs have even been found to increase drug use. Informing young people about heroin addiction will help prevent future use of heroin.

Reference:

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/how-fight-the-heroin-epidemic

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