Almost Half of Heroin Users Also Struggle With Prescription Painkillers

Almost Half of Heroin Users Also Struggle With Prescription Painkillers

Heroin is often used as the poster child for addiction, but the vast majority of users found their introduction to drug use through another substance.

An estimated 45 percent of people who use heroin are also addicted to prescription painkillers (statistics via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/heroin/index.html).

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), people who are addicted to alcohol are twice as likely to use heroin, people who are addicted to marijuana are three times as likely to use heroin, people who are addicted to cocaine are 15 times as likely to use heroin, and people who are addicted to prescription painkillers are 40 times as likely to use heroin.

No one starts using a drug or other substance hoping, or even expecting to become addicted, but the figures paint a clear picture of the risks. Opiates, by far the most dangerous gateway drug based on these statistics, are most commonly prescribed by medical professionals and used to treat pain in their patients.

Addiction is a dangerous path that can pull anyone tighter into its clutches without warning. If you are looking for help to reclaim your life, send our staff at Novus Detox a message through our online form, or call us at (855) 464-8550 to explain what you’re going though over the phone today.

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