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Philly Epidemic of Painkiller Overdoses

Philly Epidemic of Painkiller Overdoses

Do you know people who take prescription painkillers? Have you ever experimented with them-including OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet? Have you heard of the awful consequences that people can face when they abuse prescription pills? Well, the city of Philadelphia is dealing with those awful consequences right now. A new report released by the Trust for America’s Health shows that prescription medication overdoses have increased by 400% since 1999. And these troubling numbers point to what may be the next major overdose epidemic in Pennsylvania: heroin overdoses.

Unfortunately, the rise in the abuse of prescription medication is linked with the rise in heroin deaths. When people wreck their lives with prescription pills, they often can't afford them anymore. The alternative they seek? Heroin. And the use of heroin is skyrocketing in Philadelphia. Between 2010 and 2012, heroin-related deaths more than doubled. Part of the problem comes from the high rates of prescription painkiller abuse, but another aspect of the problem is that Philadelphia is Heroin Central for the United States. Street-level heroin is estimated to be at 41% purity. "We have the cheapest and most potent heroin nationwide. It has been that way for the last 25 or 30 years," said Roland Lamb, director of  Philadelphia's Office of Addiction Services.

Do you know someone who uses prescription pills to get high? Do you take pills yourself? Have you ever thought about how those pills might lead you directly into heroin addiction? There's good news, however. Addicts can turn their lives around and break free of addiction with the right program of treatment. Call Retreat at Lancaster County today to learn more about addiction, recovery, and treatment. Our PA rehab center is conveniently located close to OH, PA, NJ, NY, MD, and DE.

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