NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Once regarded as the most devastating drug problem in the U.S., heroin abuse lost some if its vigor after the rise of prescription drug abuse. But following the crack-down on "pill mills," or clinics that illegally dole out prescription drugs, a Florida medical detox center says that substance abusers are once again turning to heroin to achieve a much cheaper, faster high. Novus Medical Detox urges those struggling with addiction to seek help now, as the addictive qualities of heroin could have lethal consequences.
Reports from the Midwest region show a spike in heroin use, and deaths as a result:
- Indianapolis: In 2012, 45 heroin users died from overdoses. Recently, the Marion County Coroner's Office recorded five heroin overdoses in six days. Last year, the Metro Drug Task Force seized 1,823 grams of heroin worth $547,000. Detectives have seized 1,301 grams of heroin worth $390,317 so far in 2013, outpacing last year's statistics (1).
- St. Louis: The amount of heroin seized by police has skyrocketed from just 104 grams in 2008 to 7,087 grams so far this year. Heroin arrests shot up from 32 to 364 during that time. University Hospital treated 252 heroin overdose patients this year between June and August, up from 116 in the same period a year earlier. And local drug-treatment facilities say that they, too, are seeing an increase in addicts of the opium-derived drug (2).
Although prescription drug abuse is still the much bigger problem, Novus Detox warns that the number of heroin abusers will steadily increase as people battling addiction lose access to their supply of prescription drugs.
"Just because an addicted individual's supply has run out does not mean their compulsion to use has lessened," said Novus Executive Director, Kent Runyon. "The "high" experienced from heroin use is similar to that of prescription drugs—that is why we're seeing an increase in heroin abuse."
Runyon says the potential side effects of heroin abuse are plentiful and alarming:
- Heavy withdrawal symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea and panic attacks;
- Exposure to HIV and hepatitis (through intravenous use);
- Liver and/or kidney disease;
- Heart infections; and
- Collapsed veins.
The heroin withdrawal process is so difficult, its abusers often avoid detox and rehab at all costs—many abusers continue their drug use even when they desire to live a sober life.
Novus opened its doors with the purpose of fixing the detox process, to ensure that anyone could overcome prescription drug addiction comfortably. The detox center handles the toughest of drug and alcohol cases, including many which are rejected from other facilities as "too high a risk."
The detox process has historically been a one-size-fits-all system where some were able to tough it out, but many were not. Novus' proprietary I.V. vitamin cocktail is tailored to each individual's needs to replenish nutrients lost during drug abuse, allowing them to treat high-dose patients with minimal pain. By paying particular attention to strengthening patients' bodies during the detox process via proprietary medical protocols, the medical staff at Novus say that this aspect is the difference between detox being "too painful to confront" and people successfully getting their lives back.
Novus advises those who are dependent on any abusive substances to seek out safe, medically-supervised detox programs.
"Detox done correctly can help a person escape the likelihood of substituting heroin for another drug," said Runyon. "Once their addiction is eliminated, they are then able to return to being contributing members of society."
About Novus Medical Detox Center
Novus Medical Detox Center offers safe, effective alcohol and drug treatment programs in a home-like residential setting. Located on 3.25 tree-lined acres in New Port Richey, Fla., Novus is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an in-patient medical detox facility. Novus is known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medications, drugs or alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient, incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment—putting the dignity and humanity back into drug detoxification. Patients have 24/7 medical supervision, including round-the-clock nursing care and access to a withdrawal specialist, and enjoy comfortable private or shared rooms with a telephone, television, DVD player and high-speed Internet access.
1. McQuaid, Russ. "Surge in Burglaries, Prostitution Linked to Rise of Heroin Abuse." Fox59.com. Fox, 16 May 2013. Web. 23 May 2013. fox59.com/2013/05/16/surge-in-burglaries-prostitution-linked-to-rise-of-heroin-abuse/.
2. Kenning, Chris. "Heroin Abuse in Louisville Surging: Addicts Turn to Drug amid Crackdown on Pain Pills." Courier-journal.com. The Courier-Journal, 9 Sept. 2012. Web. 23 May 2013. courier-journal.com/article/20120908/NEWS01/309080098/Heroin-abuse-Louisville-surging-Addicts-turn-drug-amid-crackdown-pain-pills.
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