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Understanding the National Heroin Epidemic and Its Tie to Prescription Drugs

Understanding the National Heroin Epidemic and Its Tie to Prescription Drugs
The Connection Between Heroin Abuse And Opioids The United States is currently facing the worst drug crisis in American history. Over the past decade, drug overdoses have overtaken motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the country. In 2014 alone, 47,055 U.S. citizens died of a drug overdose. While many illicit and addictive drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine can be fatal in certain circumstances, opioids pose the greatest risk for overdose and fatalities. It’s important to recognize the strong link between heroin addiction and prescription opioid abuse. As the number of prescription opioids sold in the country has ...
Summing Up Heroin and Opioid Abuse in the Hardest Hit Areas of California

Summing Up Heroin and Opioid Abuse in the Hardest Hit Areas of California
Opioid Abuse in California Opioid abuse is a nationwide issue, and each state has unique challenges when it comes to curbing this worrisome trend. Opioids, primarily in the form of pain medication obtained through a prescription, are extremely habit-forming and put users at a high risk for physical dependence and painful withdrawal symptoms. In the U.S., California is one of the states most heavily impacted by widespread opioid abuse. Opioid and Heroin Overdoses in California Increasing California has witnessed a dramatic increase in opioid and heroin overdoses over the past decade. As of 2013, opioid and heroin overdoses occur as frequently as once ...
Silicon Valley California Seeing Increased Drug Usage Crime

Silicon Valley California Seeing Increased Drug Usage Crime
The United States is facing a drug problem on a national scale. Over the past several years, drug overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental deaths in the country, overtaking motor vehicle crashes’ long-held number one spot. The reasons for this epidemic are many, and while prescription opioid painkillers and heroin are most often responsible for these overdoses, there are several other illicit substances responsible for the nationwide rise in drug-related deaths. Drug Abuse in Silicon Valley California’s Silicon Valley (including San Mateo County and Santa Clara County) takes up a small portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, but the ...
Opioid Prescription Painkiller Use and Its Link to Depression

Opioid Prescription Painkiller Use and Its Link to Depression
When it comes to treatment for opioid painkiller abuse, Americans coping with mental health issues like depression typically face a more challenging road to recovery. Behavioral health counseling can help drug users to manage their addiction and depression simultaneously, but solutions that ignore the interactions between substance abuse and depression may not properly treat a patient’s condition. Excessive use of prescription opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone can cause or exacerbate depression. Likewise, individuals suffering from depression naturally have a stronger inclination towards addictive behaviors. A deeper understanding of these symptoms and their interactions will make it easier for individuals struggling ...
How Group Therapy Aids in Addiction Treatment

How Group Therapy Aids in Addiction Treatment
Illegal drug use in the United States is on the rise. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), an estimated 24.6 million Americans – 9.4% of the population aged 12 and over – used illicit substances in 2013. This is a major shift from 2002, when just 8.3% of the population was estimated to have used illegal drugs. The rise in drug use has not been limited to younger generations. The same NIDA study reported that drug use is also on the rise among aging baby boomers in their fifties and early sixties. These startling trends underscore a need ...
Drug-Related Crime on the Rise in Salinas, California

Drug-Related Crime on the Rise in Salinas, California
The United States is currently in the midst of a widespread health crisis. Drug overdoses have now overtaken motor vehicle collisions as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the nation. Prescription opioids and heroin have claimed the most lives, followed closely by methamphetamine. Each of these substances is extremely dangerous, capable of killing users and encouraging violence in users and dealers alike. Drug-Related Crimes in Salinas, California California is currently the largest point of entry for methamphetamine into the United States, with roughly 70% of the illegal substance entering the state from Mexico through ports in San Diego. Drug traffickers work ...