tween prescription medications and heroin addiction, which is now commonplace in all upper middle class suburbs. “Every part of Bergen County is touched in some way, shape or form by the heroin epidemic,” says Lt. Thomas Dombroski of the Bergen County, New Jersey, Prosecutor’s Office. “Prescription medication is a pathway,” he says, where ABC News then cites the case of Dylan Young, 23, who is the voice of this relapse-to-rehab carousel of pain, frustration, misery, financial devastation and emotional wreckage.
“A lot of us are missing something and then end up filling that void with drugs,” Young says. “It can really happen to anyone and it also depends on the choices you make, the people you hang out with. And I just think if you are not staying busy, you might end up using. … When you are in that situation, you usually don’t see hope of a life ahead of you. You just see your next fix.”
The Wall Street Journal echoes this point by reporting that heroin use in the U.S. is soaring. There were 3,094 overdose deaths in 2010, a 55% increase from 2000, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
All of these statistics are part of the same problem, a national epidemic in which conventional drug rehab centers substitute one poison for another, use the veil of “medical legitimacy” to masquerade their unpublished (but high) rates of failure. All the while patients become more vulnerable to a potentially lethal combination of opiates and prescription medications, where the latter – as documented by countless studies, controlled experiments, published reports and testimonials from patients themselves – often cause irreparable harm, with side effects that include: kidney damage, liver damage, heightened risk for stroke and heart attack, depression, respiratory ailments, mania, suicidal tende
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