Heroin: The New-Old Drug Of Choice

Heroin: The New-Old Drug Of Choice

There was a time in America when heroin was considered the most notorious, most abused and most dangerous drug of all. But then things changed. Heroin slipped away from public consciousness as other newer drugs became more popular – cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, and finally, a whole list of pharmaceuticals. Now, after languishing for decades in the background while prescription pharmaceuticals have occupied center stage, heroin is back – and it’s getting bigger than ever. Heroin addiction is on the rise in every town and city in the country. And more and more heroin addicts want to get off heroin right now, before it’s too late. Nobody knows more than heroin addicts that every day they put off heroin detox is one day closer to an unexpected, possibly fatal, heroin overdose.

The reason for heroin’s renewed popularity is simple: compared to prescription opiates, heroin is cheap. And pushers these days make sure it’s cheaper than the most popular prescription opiates – OxyContin, Vicodin (oxycodone) and related painkillers. Along with the other common heroin replacements, like codeine, morphine, methadone and fentanyl, overdose is always a danger, and delaying opiate detox for any reason is a daily gamble with death. Pharmaceuticals which have displaced heroin for many years have become more difficult to obtain. New legislation has established prescription drug computer databases in many states that track patients and prescriptions. Law enforcement has also increased illicit prescription opiate investigations and arrests. A small handful of OxyContin can cost $50, or even twice that much – $5, $10 or more a pill – whereas a bag of heroin on most city streets these days is still only $10 – the proverbial drug-dealer’s “dime bag”. Heroin’s new popularity means tens of thousands of new addictions and ruined lives, and thousands of tragic deaths.

The list of overdose victims is growing daily across America, from students to business people, and even seniors are getting hooked. In the eastern U.S., most heroin is sold as a white or brownish powder. In the south and west, it’s often the black sticky substance known on the streets as “black tar heroin.” Unlike prescription drugs, there is no quality control for heroin purity. Street heroin is “cut” – other substances are added to increase its volume. Most heroin is cut with other drugs, or with substances such as sugar, starch, powdered milk, or quinine. Heroin peddlers are less than scientific when it comes to cutting heroin. The customer has no idea what he or she is about to shoot up, snort or smoke. And because of this, overdose poisoning deaths are climbing right along with the increase in heroin abuse.

Too many opiate addicts moving from predictable prescription drugs to heroin have no experience in surviving street drugs. With no way to know the purity or strength of the heroin without trying it, less experienced addicts try too much and can overdose if it is more pure than they expected. For example, 39 kilos (86 pounds) of heroin worth over $20 million on the street were seized in Queens, New York recently. The heroin was in the process of being crushed into powder and cut with brown sugar prior to being bagged for street sales. How much sugar? Who knows how pure those “dime bags” would be? Heroin addicts looking for a way out of the rat race are aware of all these dangers. Almost all of them say they want to get into a heroin detox program before it’s too late. But too often, fear of the pain and misery of withdrawal keeps them from starting their heroin detox. What heroin addicts need to know right now is that a medical heroin detox at Novus Medical Detox Center vastly greatly reduces the discomfort of heroin detox withdrawal. Patients are amazed that they can continue to eat and sleep throughout the detox. A Novus heroin detox is the only really smart choice.

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