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Has Heroin Abuse Spread to Every Corner of Wisconsin?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Wednesday, 30, September 2020

From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from a drug overdose in the nation, and most of those deaths involved prescription pain medication and heroin. In the state of Wisconsin, heroin overdose causes over 280 deaths in 2015, which was three times as many than in 2010. In 2017 there were 926 overdose deaths involving opioids, which was a rate of 16.9 deaths per 100,000 persons. Between 2012 and 2017 the deaths involving heroin increased significantly from 185 to 414 deaths. Other drugs such as fentanyl and prescription pain medication also contributed to many of the opioid-related deaths in the state.

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Much of the opioid problems in the state are because of prescription drugs and drugs such as heroin are accessible throughout the state. Most prescription pain medication users end up using heroin when they can no longer get pain medication. There are many underlying reasons why someone becomes addicted to heroin. The heroin problem in Wisconsin is directly linked to the opioid epidemic. Every corner of the state has been affected by the problem and an estimated 6600 Wisconsin residents regularly inject snort or smoke heroin. The reason why someone starts to abuse drugs or alcohol such as heroin is different for each person.

Drug and alcohol treatment programs in the state can help addicts who are addicted to heroin. If you are searching for help in the state, Drug Rehab Services can help you find the best type of treatment you need for your addiction. Heroin is a dangerously addictive drug and creates a strong physical and psychological dependence. Most heroin addicts make more than one attempt at treatment before they become sober. Heroin addiction often needs medical detox, followed by lengthy inpatient treatment, and aftercare programs such as peer support groups.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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