Gulf Breeze Recovery on the Increase in Heroin Users of 135% from 2002 to 2016

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Our THRIVE program provides a way for people suffering with heroin addiction to finally improve their whole experience of life itself. A life where drugs and alcohol doesn’t make sense anymore. ~ Barnett Gilmer, CEO.

Heroin was initially marketed by Bayer pharmaceuticals in 1898 as a “non-addictive” substitute for morphine. The drug is certainly not new; however, you may have noticed your newsfeed littered with articles concerning the new epidemic among us. According to the most recent government figures, the number of heroin users in the United States has jumped 135% from 404,000 in 2002 to 948,000 in 2016. Even more striking: the number of people who had fatal overdoses related to heroin has skyrocketed from 2,089 in 2002 to an estimated 13,219 in 2016 — a 533% jump.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that about 91 Americans will die every day from opioid overdose; what’s worse is that this new number is triple the rates pre-1999. (US Department of Justice) From 2014 to 2015 there was a major spike in heroin use from 0.1% to 0.8% in teens and 1.8% to 2.0% for young adults. These percentages may not seem high, but that is about 200,000 more teens and 60,000 more young adults in just one year. Heroin has also been reported as the second most illicitly used drug among adolescents. (Rollins, 2016)

The use of heroin is historically viewed as a street problem that is detected in lower income, homeless, or otherwise individuals who’ve lost their way. However, this recent epidemic has shown that heroin addiction knows no socioeconomic status, no relationship status, no race, and no gender- it’s spreading all over the face of our country.

The CDC recognizes that the contributing factors to overdose deaths is due to the increase in prescription abuse as well as the accessibility of heroin. Additionally, abuse of prescription opioid painkillers increases the likelihood of dependency on illicit heroin by 40 times. (Brooks, 2018)

New information is frequently being gathered and analyzed, but the big question that we all need to ask is: what is being done to combat this?

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