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New York and Delaware Authorities Beef Up Crackdown on Heroin Use
In a report, USA Today detailed how the New Castle County police in Delaware are zeroing in on petty crimes which could all potentially lead back to the state’s heroin dealer network.
Every Tuesday, the department gathers and examines documented evidences of small crimes in different locations. The police plot these crime locations on a map and try to establish any link between them.
“Yes, police here are convinced, every blip of criminal activity deserves scrutiny as they try to stem the deadly trade of heroin and a string of other connected crimes. Every detail matters. Nothing is too small,” writes Taylor.
Heroin deaths are staggering in the state. According to the same report, 15 people die of heroin overdose in the county each month.
Meanwhile, New York announced it would employ 100 more investigators to help stop the rise in heroin use in the state. Authorities will also be allowed increased access to naloxone, an overdose reversal drug, NY governor Andrew Cuomo told the Poughkeepsie Journal.
"This state has a serious problem with heroin, and it has been growing, and it is getting worse, and it is of epidemic proportions at this point," Cuomo was quoted saying.
Poughkeepsie Journal reported that 89,269 people in New York were admitted for heroine and prescription drug use disorders in 2013, up by 40 percent over the last ten years.
Some medical experts blame the rise of heroin use in general on a scarcity and costliness of pain drugs on the street. Users resorted to heroin, which is cheaper than prescription drugs, but provide more or less the same euphoric high.
“Absolutely, much of the heroin use you’re seeing now is due in large part to making prescription opioids a lot less accessible,’’ Theodore Cicero, a psychiatry professor at Washington University in St. Louis, told The Washington Post. Cicero co-authored of a 2012 study on reformulating OxyContin without its addictive properties.
“There were signs years ago that this was going to happen, and there was just a lot of inaction,” added Cicero. He also explained that while the government “did the best it could at the time,” the government should have also prevented the foreseen heroin surge by “promoting drugs that fight overdoses and withdrawal.”
“It’s a tragedy that restrictions put on prescription pain medicine accessibility has resulted in skyrocketing increases in heroin abuse. It’s time for more attention to be given to newer treatment options that exist today to break the addiction cycle, while newer prevention programs are explored at the same time” said Brady Granier, COO of BioCorRx Inc., in an interview.
BioCorRx, Inc. (OTC: BICX) is one of the premier addiction rehabilitation companies in the country catering to a majority of alcoholics and opioid addicts to help break that addiction cycle.
The company delivers its treatment under a rehabilitation program called Start Fresh Program, a two-step addiction recovery program that uses a biodegradable extended-release Naltrexone implant and psycho-social coaching.
The implant is inserted under the patient’s skin and releases doses of Naltrexone into the patients’ bloodstream for several months which usuallyprevents the addict from cravingalcohol, ortheiropioid drug of choice. In the case of heroin addicts, Naltrexone can also prevent them from feeling the euphoric effects of the drug if taken while Naltrexone is in their system in therapeutic levels.