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Novus Detox Says Pill Mill Legislation Leaves Unpredicted Fatal Consequence for Communities
Date:9/20/2013

New Port Richey, FL (PRWEB) September 20, 2013

As an unexpected side effect of pill mill legislation and closures, substance abusers are now turning to heroin to achieve a much cheaper, faster high. As the tight monitoring of prescription drugs has dramatically increased their price on the street, heroin has become the go-to drug of choice for many people struggling with addiction. Novus Medical Detox, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage prescription drug abuse patients, says that this is the newest phase of the burgeoning prescription drug epidemic—and public education regarding alternatives for individuals unwittingly afflicted with addiction should be made known.

Though the epidemic has its roots in Florida (1), heroin abuse is now dispersed across the nation:

  • Indiana: About one out of every 100 high school seniors in the state uses heroin—Columbus undercover officers made five heroin buys all of last year, but this year, they’ve already made more than 30.
  • A new study shows the number of Hoosier teens using heroin is more than double the national average (2).
  • Delaware: Seizures of the drug by New Castle County police in Delaware have ballooned 860 percent in quantity compared with this time last year (3).
  • New Jersey: Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said that the county saw its 88th heroin overdose of 2013 this week; in 2012, the county had a total of 52 heroin-related deaths. Bergen County has reported 20 heroin overdose deaths so far in 2013; authorities counted at least 38 in 2011 and 2012 combined (4).

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