Heroin has become a popular drug for young people. In California, hospitals are seeing more millenials for overdoses related to this dangerous drug.
As prescription drugs have become more common, so too has prescription drug abuse. That abuse has led to an increase in heroin use.
An alarming trend
412 young adults, age 20 to 29, were treated for heroin overdose in the first three months of 2016. Those numbers, just released in February 2017, also show that hospital visits for heroin overdoses have been on the rise since 2012.
Prescription drugs to blame?
One of the causes of the heroin epidemic, according to some medical professionals, is the rise in prescription drug use. With opiates becoming more common, it has become easier for people, and young people in particular, to get their hands on prescription drugs.
Highly addictive, these drugs lead people to use and become addicted to heroin, which is much cheaper.
Long term effects
Opiate addiction is difficult to treat. Even patients who go into drug treatment programs have a hard time beating their addiction. Equally concerning is that with heroin and painkillers becoming more prevalent, the drugs are finding their way into a wide range of urban and suburban communities, with young people finding easier access.
In addition to the health concerns, heroin users could face criminal charges. Drug sentences for possession or sale of opiates can be harsh, and have a major impact on a person’s life. While medical attention is always the top concern in an emergency, it is also important to be aware of the possible legal ramifications of drug abuse.