Overdoses Rising: NJ Considers Major Reforms to Drug Laws
Have you ever tried heroin? It's fast becoming one of the number one drugs in the country. Do you ever take pills without a prescription (usually painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin, or OxyContin)? New Jersey is considering taking drastic measures in changing its drug laws to combat the epidemic rates of drug overdose deaths tied to heroin and/or prescription pills. The governor's task force on heroin and opiate abuse recommended overhauls to pill monitoring programs, insurance law reform, and more.
Heroin Getting More and More Popular-Leading to More Overdoses
Across the entire United States, the popularity of heroin has exploded by 60 percent in the last ten years. And it's leading to more and more health problems-and more and more overdoses. It's especially deadly when combined with prescription pills. And who can forget the recent Hollywood tragedy of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, an overdose of heroin and prescription pills combined? Click here to learn more about Hoffman's overdose.
Overdoses from Prescription Pills Increasing Nationwide
The death tolls from prescription pills are rising: in 2010, 38,329 people died of drug overdoses in the United States. These numbers have been rising for 11 years, and are reaching epidemic levels. In addition to the dangers posed by cocaine and crack, meth, heroine, PCP, and other illegal drugs, there has been a huge increase in the abuse of prescription pills. In New York City alone, deaths from prescription drugs and related incidents increased by more than 700% in a 16-year period. If you've been using prescription drugs, you should seek help immediately before you put yourself in further danger. Click here to learn more about overdose.
How Do I Make Sure I Don't Overdose?
Do you have prescriptions that you have to take? Have you ever through about selling your pills, or buying medication that hasn't been prescribed to you? If you have a problem with drug addiction or dependence, now is definitely the best time to seek help-before something like an overdose or adverse reaction happens to you. Have you ever shot up heroin? Thankfully, there is good help available. Detoxification and behavioral therapy have proven to be effective in treating drug and alcohol dependence. Call Retreat at Lancaster County to learn more about addiction, treatment, and how to stop using prescription painkillers. Our PA rehab center is located in beautiful Lancaster County, within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and we can arrange transportation from OH, WV, PA, NJ, NY, MD, CT, and DE. Click here to learn more about how we can help you overcome addiction.