News Heroin use surges, addicting more women and middle-class

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    Heroin use is reaching into new communities – addicting more women and middle-class users – as people hooked on prescription painkillers transition to cheaper illegal drugs, a new report shows.

    The rate of heroin use doubled among women over a decade, according to the study released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which compared data from the three-year period between 2002 to 2004 with data from 2011 to 2014.

    Heroin use also grew by 60% among those with annual household incomes of at least $50,000 -- close to the median household income in the United States. Heroin use grew by 62.5% among those with private insurance, an indication that the users are employed and more financially secure.

    The report shows that heroin addiction can affect anyone, said Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner and an emergency medicine physician.

    "I can tell you from my experience in the ER that you cannot predict this addiction, any more than you can predict who has diabetes," Wen said. "We see addiction in all walks of life, from 60-year-olds to teenagers, in people of all races, in men and women."

    Most new heroin users are young white men with low incomes. But CDC directorThomas Frieden said he's alarmed that the reach of heroin is expanding -- a trend that could make it harder to fight the epidemic. "We're seeing big increases across the country and in almost all demographic groups," Frieden said.

    An estimated 517,000 people used heroin or were dependent on it in 2013, a nearly 150% increase since 2007, the CDC study found. Drug dealers import far more heroin into the United States now than in past years, according to the Drug Enforcement Administraton. Federal agents seized about 4,840 pounds at the southwest border in 2013, four times the amount seized annually from 2000 to 2008.

    About 75% of new heroin users first became hooked on prescription opiates, a class of morphine-like drugs that includes OxyContin and Vicodin, before turning to heroin, the CDC found.

    "Prescription opiates have become a gateway drug," Frieden said.

    There's no evidence that painkiller addicts switch to heroin because doctors are prescribing fewer opiates or because painkillers are harder to get, Frieden said. The biggest increases in heroin use are in communities where opiate use remains high. Many people switch to heroin because it's cheaper, Frieden said.

    For a heavy user, a day's supply of OxyContin – two 80 milligram pills – can cost up to $160. A day's worth of heroin costs just $40, the DEA said.

    As heroin addiction deepens, many users turn to needles for a more intense high. That rise in injection drug use has fueled a new set of public health problems, including an HIV outbreak in rural Indiana and a resurgence of hepatitis C nationwide, Frieden said.

    Growing heroin use is also leading to an increase in the number of babies born addicted to the drug and an increase in overdoses. The rate of fatal heroin overdoses nearly quadrupled from 2000 to 2013. In 2013, more than 8,200 people died from opiate overdoses, the CDC said.

    Drug and alcohol overdoses kill more people in Baltimore than homicide – with nearly one overdose death a day, Wen said. In Baltimore, overdose deaths have risen 23% in the past year, Wen said.

    Heroin today can be particularly dangerous because some drug dealers cut it with fentanyl, an opiate commonly used for post-surgical pain that can be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the DEA. While some dealers divert fentanyl from hospitals and doctor's offices, criminals also make the drug themselves in illegal labs.

    Fentanyl-laced heroin is claiming lives around the country.

    • In Baltimore, deaths linked to fentanyl-laced heroin have spiked by 178% over the past year, Wen said. Thirty-nine people in Baltimore city died from the fatal combination from January to March. The city is distributing fliers warning of the overdose risk.
    • In New Hampshire, four people died from fentanyl overdose within a two-month period, the New Hampshire State Laboratory reported
    • In New Jersey, 80 people died from fentanyl in the first six months of the 2014 fiscal year, the DEA reported.
    • In Pennsylvania, about 200 people died from fentanyl overdose over 15 months, the DEA reported.
    To reduce heroin use, doctors should be more careful about prescribing painkillers, Frieden said. The CDC offers grants of up to $1 million to states to fund treatment and prescription drug monitoring programs, which aim to prevent people from amassing large amounts of addictive medicines by visiting multiple doctors or pharmacies.

    Although the CDC approved grants to 34 states for the monitoring programs, it had money to fund only 17. Boosting this program's budget could help many more people, Frieden said.

    "We have to stop increasing the number of people who are primed and susceptible to heroin," Frieden said.

    The country also should help more people access treatment, Frieden said.

    Wen said she'd like to see more communities train people to use naloxone, a drug that can reverse opiate overdoses. The drug is now available in a nasal spray, making it easy for family members and first responders to use.

    "We can turn this around, but it will take a lot of work and all of society working together," Frieden said.

     
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    My kids are messy. I need a way to cope.
     
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    Don't get me started on this. Some maniac shot up 4 people in a pharmacy here because he needed his oxy's.
    He should have killed himself with the heroin.
    But seriously, I know way too many people - kids - who are using.
    It's sick and sad.
     
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    Sadly, this is so true. I dropped my tax guy b/c he started abusing and was barely coherent.

    A friend started his own fork lift company...was driving an $80K Mercedes and making 6 figures and a really decent guy, lost it all and now lives with his mother.

    And I have had 3 other friends whose kids are struggling with addiction or are dead from an overdose.

    It is tragic.
     
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    Lots of fail in that sentence
     
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    Government is right on top of drug trends that started 8 years ago.
     
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    I didnt write it and I dont use drugs so i have no clue what it costs.
     
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    heroin is a hell of a drug. i've smoked it but would never think to shoot it. :nooo:

    it's easy to get addicted to. one day it's a great high, the next week it's a way to not feel kind of fluish. :yay:

    just say no! :grad:




    if people are in serious pain and not just looking for a high, i get them using heroin over something 4 times as expensive.
     
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    Artie says heroin is good for your liver :coffee:
     
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    I heard that people get hooked on the oxys, often as legitimate pain management, can't get them anymore or can't afford them, and go to heroin.

    Heroin addiction=not pretty.

    At all.
     
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    Girls who do heroin are hot
     
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    Here on the East coast it's five dollars a bag. A bag is a fix. They snort it like coke now. Kids OD on one bag if it's cut "hot". I know a lot of kids who were fucked up on it. Many ruined lives.
     
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    The doctors were handing oxy out like candy. Well now here comes the finished product.
     
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    Never even smoked a little weed Dawg?
     
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    There's a lot of white Zombies out there. Like the stock market pills go up H come down. Any 1 notice oil dropped 8 $ in to days and not a penny dropped at the gas station just caught I'd tro that in there
     
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    Oh of course but never hard drugs.
     
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    Nothing against you at all, the article is just flawed there. A heavy user will probably take two at a time, not two in an entire day. 80 mg pill goes for $70-80 illegally, a heavy user could easily go through 10 in a day.
     
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