SAMSHA – the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has issued an advisory to all addiction treatment centers that Heroin is being contaminated with Fentanyl and resulting in an epidemic death toll in the United States.
Fentanyl Combined With Heroin
They went on to explain that Fentanyl is a form of opioid and when used in combination with Heroin can cause severe injury and even death.
17 Deaths in Pennsylvania
There have been 17 deaths linked to the possible use of contaminated Heroin in the Pittsburgh, PA. area alone since January 24, 2014.
22 Deaths in Rhode Island
In January, there were 22 such deaths reported in Rhode Island. These trends can expand quickly to include large and more distant geographic areas of the country.
“Bad Batch” Of Fentanyl Causes fatal overdoses in California
Right here in Orange County there was a rash of deaths due to a batch of home made fentanyl that was either too potent, or incorrectly synthesized.
Heroin has become a very popular drug of choice. As Balboa Horizons has reported on our blog in the past, many addicts get hooked on Heroin byway of Prescription Pain Meds (Opiates).
Oxycontin, Morphine, Codiene, Methadone, Oxycodone ( Percocet, Percodan), Hydrocodone (Vicodan, Norco, Lortab, Lorcet), Oxymorphone (Opana), Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Fentanyl, Meperdine (Demerol), Propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet), are all Opiates.
Heroin Cheaper than Pain Pills
Some addicts can take up to 10 or more pills a day. These pills are expensive and cost between 5 to10 dollars per pill, and when those who are abusing them can no longer afford them, they switch to the less expensive but similar high of Heroin.
The recent overdose of Philip Seymour Hoffman raised our awareness to the dangers of Heroin, and we may never know if he used contaminated Heroin and that is what resulted in his death.
Don’t be a statistic! If you or someone you love is addicted to pain meds and/or Heroin you can stop without experiencing any physical pain.
Please call us today at Balboa Horizons and let us help to relieve you of this deadly addiction. We are here for you!
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