It is no secret that abusing opiates is deadly. It strips your mind of all ambitions, changes your drive, your personality and brain chemistry. Once hooked on opiates, many users think the dangers subside due to the fact that they are using the drugs every day. It is somewhat like being a professional skydiver. The first jump is nerve wracking, but over time the danger seems to fall to the wayside. Using opiates repeatedly over a long period of time has the same effect.
People from the outside looking in at someone who has overdosed on opiates cannot understand or comprehend why someone would put their life in danger for a high. If you have never been been addicted to a drug, it's almost impossible to comprehend addiction. An addict never thinks that the next hit could potentially be lethal. They just go about using as if it was part of their daily schedule until their next hit is either too potent, or they have an adverse reaction which could easily lead to death.
I am tired of going to funerals for good people who lost to addiction. The amount of funerals I have attend is not important, but the lives that have been taken from these drugs are. It is very hard to sit there and know that the person who passed away didn't receive the help they needed. I know many of you reading this have known people who have been addicted to drugs, and possibly have lost friends or family to an opiate overdose.
According to Federal Officials, heroin and prescription opiates are now claiming more lives than violent crimes and car crashes. The availability of heroin has never been so easy to obtain, nor the potency so strong. Due to the fact that there is so much heroin on the streets drives the price of the drug down. Average prices around the United States for a bag of heroin is between $4-$20. Four dollars for a bag of heroin is unheard of considering the potency and purity of many batches.
This puts addicts in extreme danger because the user never knows how strong their next bag of heroin will be. In the past, users would complain that bags were not strong enough. Addicts were using more, paying more, and less likely to overdose because the quality of the product was so low. Today, the prices of heroin are low while the strength is high enough that a small amount of heroin could kill a seasoned user. In New York City and Knoxville, Tennessee the number of deaths from opiates is double that of homicides!
How do we put a dent into the amount of people dying from opiates? Greater education should be a start. It is also important to bring recovering opiate addicts into the school systems to educate our children and young teens on the dangers and lifestyle associated with being an opiate addict. There is no reason to sugar coat the opiate issue and the raw uncut reality of these drugs needs to be taught before teens are influenced by peer pressure.