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Has the Use of Heroin Increased in Utah?

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

The heroin overdose deaths in the state of Utah have more than tripled since 2007, which has been a 300% increase. In 2016 there were 166 Utah residents who overdosed on heroin, which was an increase from 2015. Between 2013 and 2016 the opioid overdose deaths in the state averaged around 600 each year. In 2017 there was also a large increase with heroin involved deaths consisting of 147 that year. Most of the heroin addicts who are dying started their addiction hooked on prescription pain medication. When pain medication becomes more difficult to get, an addict will turn to heroin as a cheaper solution. Heroin addiction is dangerous, and there are countless risks to your health, such as contracting a disease.

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However, many experts in Utah feel the state is heading in the right direction in addressing the current addiction problem. Through a multi-agency collaborative effort, preventative measures have been put in place along with more treatment. Despite effective preventative measures, the only way that any heroin addict can beat their addiction is with drug rehabilitation. Heroin addiction requires proper detox and therapy. Most heroin addicts avoid treatment because of the withdrawal pain they feel, and also because of how addictive the drug is. Medical detox programs are excellent treatment resources for heroin addicts. A medically supervised detox ensures the patient goes through their withdrawals safely and with little discomfort.

Once detox is complete, an addict must attend some form of drug and alcohol treatment. Residential drug rehab centers in the state can help heroin addicts more effectively than an outpatient treatment program. However, it is not always easy to convince a heroin addict to go to inpatient treatment, especially a long-term program. Drug intervention is often the most effective way to convince a heroin addict they need drug rehab and get them committed to a long-term inpatient program.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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