North Carolina’s opioid epidemic has reached a new high.
In 2015 ‘the number of deaths from heroin overdoses in the U.S. surpassed those from gun homicides’ according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – while a recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicated that ‘4.31% of people in the U.S. ages 12 or older have used prescription pain relievers for non-medical purpose in the last year‘.North Carolina ranks among the nation’s top ten in opioid related deaths.
These numbers are a harrowing reminder that heroin abuse is growing at an alarming rate and statistics show this is because the drug does not discriminate.
Every socioeconomic class – gender and race is affected by this epidemic.
Smith adds ‘In some cases heroin is more accessible and even cheaper than alcohol.
It gives from what I understand a more consistent high – you don’t develop a tolerance quite as quickly and it’s easier to hide’.
For many addicts – these characteristics allow users to live their lives as normally as possible – some even masking their addiction until it’s too late.