Recent Altoona headlines reveal the ongoing battle that law enforcement officers fight against drug sales and use. Following months of intensive investigations, officers successfully remove hundreds of thousands of heroin and other drugs from the community's streets annually.
Heroin use is on the rise. Law enforcement officials, healthcare providers and local Altoona residents are understandably concerned about the increasing level of accidental overdoses related to heroin use. Many such incidents have resulted in accidental fatalities. By the end of 2013, more than 8,250 people in the U.S. became heroin overdose fatalities.
Potentially deadly heroin/fentanyl combinations have become a problem throughout the country. Local dealers use the substance to heighten the potency of the product that often undergoes dilution processes by suppliers higher in the industry.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, and 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine. By the end of 2014, there were 700 fentanyl-related casualties in the U.S. While under the assumption of purchasing heroin, users may inadvertently buy fentanyl-laced heroin.
As the body develops a tolerance for the substance, users also commonly combine heroin with alcohol, meth, prescription anti-anxiety or pain relieving medications, which also increase the likelihood of accidental overdose. Tolerance is soon followed by addiction. Users must then take the drug in order to avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
Beating the Heroin Habit
Heroin is highly addictive. Addiction specialists estimate that almost one-fourth of the individuals who start using the drug eventually become addicted. Successful and effective addiction recovery requires professional help. Opioid addiction recovery centers often provide:
- Medically-monitored detoxification
- Medicinal interventions when needed
- Dual-diagnosis evaluation and treatment
- Aftercare planning
- Ongoing recovery support
Reducing the risk of accidental overdose means getting sober. Give yourself or a loved one the gift of life.
You May Need to Travel to Find the Best Program
Deciding to go to a treatment center for a substance abuse problem can be a huge decision, but remember that it is a step in the right direction. Your time at a quality rehab facility will benefit you greatly. For many people, the first place to look for a reputable treatment center is in their hometown, but keep in mind that this is not always the best solution. There are many things to think about when finding a rehab center, and you may end up deciding on a treatment center in a neighboring city.
There are several reasons for this. First of all, if you have specific requirements for treatment, these may only be found in another city. For example, some individuals prefer a faith-based form of recovery over one that provides a more holistic approach.
In other cases, privacy is of the utmost importance, and attending treatment in the same city where you live and work would be impossible. Making this key decision about your recovery can be difficult, so if you are unsure, feel free to call our helpline at anytime for guidance.