The sad reality to opiate addiction is that not everyone is ready or willing to get help. Not all people are at a point in their life where they want to get clean. They continue to hurt themselves and the people that care about them because the drug has such a strong grip on them. What is ever sadder is that some people never reach a point in their addiction where they ever want to stop and get help. Most of the people that fall into this category will eventually fall victim to a deadly opiate overdose. As family and friends watch their loved one slowly kill themselves, they often want to help in any way that they can, even if it is to keep them alive at any cost when you know that they will not stop abusing these drugs.
In Lake County, Illinois, they are very familiar with the dangers of opiate overdoses and are doing what they can to keep abusers alive. Deadly heroin overdoses are a normal topic of conversation and professionals in law enforcement and the medical field are doing whatever they can to help the addicted individuals.
The Lake County Health Department is releasing tips to help people who are addicted to heroin, knowing that these people are going to continue to abuse these drugs. Since they know they are not going to stop right now, keeping them alive until they are ready to get clean is a mission of the Health Department. The Lake County Health Department compiled a list of tips for those who insist on taking these dangerous drugs. It is very important for the drug addicts and their family members to be able to recognize the symptoms of an opiate overdose. Being able to spot the early stages of an overdose can be the difference between life and death for the abuser.
"It's controversial but it's necessary," said Susan McKnight, director of the department's Substance Abuse Program. "Not everybody is ready for treatment. If you can keep someone alive until they are ready to receive treatment, you end up with a productive member of society."
The tips and advice were released at this time because of a terrible Fourth of July weekend. Over the holiday weekend there were five heroin overdoses in Lake County. The good news is that all five of the heroin overdose victims were revived by first responders who used the antidote Naloxone that reverses the effects of opiate overdoses. "This is a substantial spike in overdoses within a short period of time related to heroin," according to a health department press release sent Friday morning.