Call Us 24/7 (855) 464-8550

There is Hope for a New Life

  • Please enter your name.
  • This isn't a valid email address.
    Please enter your email address.
  • This isn't a valid phone number.
    Please enter your phone number.
    You entered an invalid number.
  • Please enter a message.
    Please select an option.
About Novus Detox

Heroin overdose and Philip Seymour Hoffman: Here’s how heroin kills people

When the celebrated 46-year-old actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead on his bathroom floor recently with a syringe sticking out of his left arm, it sent shock waves around the world. The actor’s popularity was immense, and his sordid and tragic end was a shock to friends and fans everywhere.

However, the truth is that more than 100 people die from drug overdoses every day in the U.S. These statistics have been rocketing up for more than a decade. And they prove that you don’t have to be rich and famous, like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Heath Ledger or Cory Monteith, to overdose on drugs. Overdose deaths strike Americans from all walks of life – 36,000 of them a year.

Hoffman’s demise has drawn attention to the growing threat of street heroin. And although Hoffman’s autopsy was inconclusive, the evidence at the scene looks pretty conclusive. Empty heroin packets were everywhere, and more than 50 full packets were stashed in the apartment.

Although the investigation into Hoffman’s death continues, one indisputable fact remains: heroin can kill you, it can be shockingly quick, and it always happens when it’s least expected.

How heroin kills people

Injecting heroin creates euphoric effects sooner and more intensely than snorting, eating or smoking it. The user feels instantly relaxed and free from pain and anxiety.

Here’s what happens: The body converts heroin to morphine, which is very similar to the body’s natural endorphins – the chemicals your brain makes to reduce pain and stress. The morphine then binds to the brain’s “opioid receptors” just as endorphins would, reducing pain, relaxing muscles and creating euphoria. Also, breathing becomes much slower and shallower.

However, too much of the drug at one time can cause so much relaxation that the body literally “forgets to breathe”. Even when you’re asleep, your body keeps breathing. But opioid overdose drives the breathing instinct so far down that it can shut off. The result is oxygen starvation, organ damage, brain death and finally, complete body death.

Heroin overdose can also cause sudden low blood pressure which reduces blood flow to the brain and body. It can also cause irregular heart rhythm, which can also reduce blood supply. And it can cause excess fluid in the lungs – called pulmonary edema – which makes it difficult or impossible to breathe.

Studies show that former heroin users – like Philip Seymour Hoffman – are far more likely to overdose when they go back on heroin than new users. This may be because they don’t realize that they can’t tolerate the high doses they used to take when they were heavy users.

Drug overdoses kill 36,000 Americans every year – 100 every day

Hoffman’s death has prompted law enforcement officials to step up their warnings that heroin is making a comeback because it’s so much cheaper than “legal heroin” – painkillers like OxyContin and oxycodone.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that 100 people die every day from drug overdoses – more than 36,000 a year.

In 2011, 4.2 million Americans over the age of 11 had tried heroin at least once, says the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Roughly 23% of those risk-takers will become addicts, says NIDA.

The CDC has reported these disturbing facts:

  • Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher.
  • Most overdose deaths are caused by prescription drugs. In 2008 there were 14,800 prescription painkiller deaths.
  • In 2010, 2 million people reported using prescription painkillers “non-medically” for the first time – that’s nearly 5,500 people a day.

Although most overdose deaths are caused by prescription drug painkillers like OxyContin and oxycodone, heroin overdose is a growing menace. There’s never been a greater need for effective medical management of opiate/opioid withdrawal.

The medical heroin detox protocols pioneered at Novus Medical Detox Center make heroin detox safer, more comfortable and effective than anywhere else.

(Picture credit: Centers for Disease Control.)

THE NOVUS DIFFERENCE

We develop an individualized medical detox program specifically for each of our patients, which means no recovery will look the same. Our delicious food, nutritional IVs and supplements, and specialized detox protocols are all designed to quicken the healing process. We understand that various addictions present a number of issues for the human body, so we create our IVs and diets to fit the needs of specific withdrawal symptoms.

Our process is all about you, which is why we have private and shared rooms available for our residents. Each room is outfitted with a TV, telephone, and access to the internet. We also provide educational classes that will show you how the drug or alcohol of your choice affects your body. We believe that to effectively fight off your withdrawal symptoms, it is important to know what you are fighting against and what to be prepared for.

To learn more about how we can help you,
call (855) 464-8550 today!

  • Personalized Detox Programs
  • Quality, Patient Focused Care
  • Medical & Personal Support with 24/ Accessibility
  • Enjoy a Therapeutic, Spa-Like Environment
  • Our Programs Combine the Best Medications & Holistic Supplements
  • We Offer Private or Comfortable-Shared Rooms

Success Stories

For a Sustainable Sobriety™
  • Heroin Detox Successes - Student (Heroin)

    It was good—very comfortable and relaxing, unlike any detox I've been to . I made the decision to go to rehab for further treatment. Student (Heroin) ...

    Continue Reading
  • Heroin Detox Successes - Boat Captain (Heroin)

    Can’t think of a thing to better this operation. Each and every Novus employee at some time or another went out of their way to be helpful. I can’t ...

    Continue Reading
  • Suboxone Detox Successes - Plumber (Heroin, Suboxone)

    No there’s nothing bad I could say about my stay at Novus. I have no complaints. I liked all the counselors; All Novus personnel were extremely ...

    Continue Reading

Blog Articles

For a Sustainable Sobriety™
  • Heroin Detox Successes - Student (Heroin)

    It was good—very comfortable and relaxing, unlike any detox I've been to . I made the decision to go to rehab for further treatment. Student (Heroin) ...

    Continue Reading
  • Heroin Detox Successes - Boat Captain (Heroin)

    Can’t think of a thing to better this operation. Each and every Novus employee at some time or another went out of their way to be helpful. I can’t ...

    Continue Reading
  • Suboxone Detox Successes - Plumber (Heroin, Suboxone)

    No there’s nothing bad I could say about my stay at Novus. I have no complaints. I liked all the counselors; All Novus personnel were extremely ...

    Continue Reading
  • Heroin Detox Successes - Student (Heroin, Percocet)

    While here I definitely realized that life through clear and sober eyes is definitely a more tranquil and peaceful way to live your life . Also, I ...

    Continue Reading
  • Heroin Detox Successes - Small Business Owner/Operator (Heroin)

    Medical protocol: perfect. All Novus staff were equally helpful. Novus is great for “detox” but detox is only the first step and aftercare is critical ...

    Continue Reading
  • Heroin Detox Successes - Self-Employed (OxyContin, Heroin, Xanax)

    Everything is pretty much perfect ... everyone here is great in my opinion. Novus really accommodates to anyone's diet and I notice a huge difference ...

    Continue Reading
  • Heroin Detox Successes - Small Business Owner/Operator (Heroin)

    My stay at Novus was absolutely remarkable . After receiving treatment in several other detox facilities, my expectations were not very high. Those ...

    Continue Reading
  • Heroin Detox Successes - Real Estate (Heroin, Methadone, Xanax, Valium)

    Before I came to Novus I was clean for 3 ½ years. While I was clean I was in a treatment program close to my home. During my time in that program I ...

    Continue Reading
  • Heroin Detox Successes - Student (Heroin)

    Best detox I've ever been to. It was a very comfortable and supportive atmosphere. Everyone was awesome... I feel great , better than I've ever ...

    Continue Reading
  • Will Delaware's New Attack on Heroin Be an Example to Other States?

    (Novus reports to professionals in the treatment industry to help support the help needed to handle the epidemic of addiction in the US.) Delaware has ...

    Continue Reading
  • White House Heroin Program Targets Regional Hotspots, But Critics Say It Doesn't Go Far Enough

    The new White House Heroin Program Response Strategy is aimed at combating the national rise in heroin abuse by concentrating on regions of the ...

    Continue Reading
  • New president of Northern Kentucky Med Society pledges more physician help for heroin crisis

    The new president of the Northern Kentucky Medical Society says he will ask the Society’s physicians to take a more active role in combating the ...

    Continue Reading
  • Deaths from prescription painkillers and heroin have soared 200 percent since the year 2000

    The news stories we’ve been seeing and hearing about “soaring increases” in opioid addictions, overdoses and deaths are not over-blown media hype. A ...

    Continue Reading
  • White House honors 10 citizens for leading efforts to stop the prescription opioid and heroin overdose

    In spite of her best efforts to help her son overcome his addiction, Justin Phillips lost 20-year-old Aaron to a heroin overdose in October, 2013. ...

    Continue Reading
  • Florida's mayor says closing pill mills sparked the state's heroin epidemic

    One of Florida’s mayor of Orange County told a Senate subcommittee that she believes the state’s successful campaign to close over a thousand “pill ...

    Continue Reading
  • 'Gray Death' - The Latest Deadly Heroin Mixture

    If someone you care about is abusing street-level opioids like heroin, this information could save their life. A new heroin-based mixture of opioids, ...

    Continue Reading
  • America's drug deaths shifting from West to East - CDC

    In 1999, North and South Dakota were the only states in America with zero deaths from drug overdoses. America’s escalating prescription opioid ...

    Continue Reading
  • The Cost of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

    Drug and alcohol abuse put the lives of countless people in the United States at risk every single day, but the damages go beyond what’s being done to ...

    Continue Reading
  • Heroin Deaths Skyrocket in the Early 2000's

    Heroin use has always been a serious issue in the United States and across the world, but recent reports show that more people than ever are dying ...

    Continue Reading
  • 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. ...

    Continue Reading