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If You Can’t Get Them to Get Addiction Help, Naloxone May Save Their Life During Overdose

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Fentanyl, Opiates, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

When someone overdoses on heroin, it’s not likely that John Travolta’s going to be around to pull his famous Pulp Fiction move – stabbing them in the chest with a needle full of adrenalin. But with record numbers of people switching from OxyContin to heroin, something is definitely needed to help prevent death from overdoses. more…

Prescription Painkillers Leading to Heroin and Overdose Deaths

Posted under Heroin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Heroin is a scary drug. It conjures up all the images of everything that’s bad about drug addiction. And according to a recent government study, it’s use has doubled in the last 10 years. Why? Primarily because of prescription painkillers. Where? In the suburbs.

Last year, one county in New Jersey – with a relatively small population of about 100,000 – saw 28 people die of OxyContin overdose. That’s a lot of people for a place that size, and most of them were under 22.

A lot of loss. The family, friends, teachers, employers, co-workers, classmates, local shop-keepers – so many people must have known these young people.

“Every part of Bergen County is touched in some way, shape or form by the heroin epidemic,” said Lt. Thomas Dombrosk of the county prosecutor’s office.

What he is clear to point out is that for many heroin users, the path beings with prescription painkillers. more…