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Heroin and Prescription Pill Overdoses Shock the World

Heroin and Prescription Pill Overdoses Shock the World

High-Profile Overdose Cases Show Just How Dangerous Drug Addiction Can Be

17 March, 2014

Ephrata, PA-Many people lost their favorite actor this past month. The sudden and tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman to a heroin and prescription pill overdose demonstrated just how fragile life is for so many people-especially recovering drug addicts. Hoffman was found in his apartment bathroom in New York with several bags of heroin around him. The medical examiner ruled that his death was due to an overdose on heroin and other drugs. Hoffman had had problems with drug addiction in the past, but he had been clean for years when he died. His sudden relapse came out of nowhere. It's just one more overdose death to show that drug addicts can never be too careful. Click here to learn more about Hoffman's death.

All around the country, overdoses are increasing at an alarming rate. Over half of all overdoses now involve prescription pills, as Hoffman's overdose did. Drugs themselves are very dangerous, but they get even more deadly when combined. And though prescription pills may look harmless (they come from a doctor, how bad could they be?) the numbers show just how deadly they are.

Relapse is a danger that any recovering drug addict faces. And it can be a deadly one-as Hoffman's case shows. Of course, before getting to the recovery period, you need to first get treatment and get off the drug in the first place. Rehab centers are the best way to recover from addictions. For someone who has a dependence on prescription pills (usually painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet, or Vicodin), or an addiction to heroin, a rehab center can be a life-saving place. Click here to learn more about how drug treatment can help people.

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