Nationwide, treatment centers are seeing more and more admission requests for heroin addiction.

Heroin is one of several drugs to see massive resurgence in recent years, the others being prescription painkillers like Oxycontin or Valium. That’s no coincidence. There exists a relationship between these legal pills and its illicit opioid cousin: the former leads into the latter. Very few addicts begin their descent into opiates with heroin. They start with a legal prescription—usually after sustaining an injury or some other painful condition—and then turn to heroin once their tolerance becomes too high, or their desired dosage becomes too expensive.

Heroin is widely perceived as a “junkie” drug limited to the darkest corners of the nation’s roughest cities and neighborhoods. However, in recent years, the heroin demographic has greatly diversified, extending to virtually all ages and social classes. This is for a multitude of reasons, some of which are quite malicious. In the mid 1990s, some big nasty players in the pharmaceutical industry pushed legal opiates like OxyContin onto the public like never before. As opiate addicts became more and more plentiful and desperate, street dealers took the opportunity to make their heroin even stronger. By now, the formulas have been perfected. Today’s street heroin is so strong, most users can achieve a desired high without having to inject. For years and years, it was the stigma of the needle that fended off the youth and the elites; nowadays, that stigma is mostly gone.

Addiction treatment centers have responded to the heroin epidemic with increased emphasis on the tools needed to curb it. Still, in most areas of the country, the need for treatment outdoes treatment availability. It all comes down to politics. Some states are considering legislation that would help non-violent offenders get into treatment, as well as implementing amnesty laws and increasing the availability of overdose-neutralizing drugs. Some casual citizens are also doing their part by conducting intensive education campaigns in their communities and establishing 24-hour heroin hotlines.


If you’re abusing your opiate prescription, consult with your physician immediately to figure out a safe way to deal with your pain. If you believe you’re addicted to painkillers or heroin – or any drug – call Treatment Now to get yourself detoxed and on the road to recovery: 844-438-8689