Addressing Opiate Addiction
The need for a Florida recovery center is currently at an all time high due to the heroin problem in the United States. Heroin related overdose deaths have quadrupled since 2010. Many begin (estimated three out of four) abusing prescription opiate medication before turning to heroin.
Medical research has shown that taking one (as prescribed or directed) prescribed opiate painkiller can increase the user’s chances of becoming hooked on heroin. Heroin has become more available and is significantly cheaper for purchase on the streets than opiate pain medication. The Centers for Disease Control (C.D.C) estimate that 95 million Americans used prescription painkillers in the past year. That is more than reported tobacco users.
Synthetic opiates such as Fentanyl have been appearing all over the country. Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin or morphine. Carfentanil is the most deadly fentanyl analogue (it is actually an elephant tranquilizer) and is 5,000 times stronger than heroin. Heroin users may believe they are purchasing heroin, but are instead getting fentanyl or carfentanil, and are dying. Recovery centers in Florida are dealing with addicts in need of help.
The overdose rate of opioids like fentanyl rose 73% from 2014 to 2015. Treatment is available for those seeking help. The dangers of dying from an opioid related overdose continue to rise each day. It is estimated that nearly 100 die every day from overdose. The death toll over the next decade could exceed 650,000 people. That is potentially more deaths than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Many of the opioid related deaths are in their 20s and 30s.
Our Florida Recovery Center Can Help
The opioid related crisis is costing the nation nearly $80 billion a year with costs tied up in health care, loss of productivity and the legal system. Our Florida recovery center is a step in the right direction to help our loved ones not fall victim to this epidemic and become a frightening statistic. Contact Rock Recovery Center today for more information.