Accounting for one-fifth of all drug treatment admissions in the United States opiate drugs are some of the most widely abused drugs in existence. An opiate addiction will cause a person to do things that are generally unheard of in order to get more of the drug. Stealing from loved ones, prostituting and committing a number of crimes to get more money to buy opiates or to get more opiates are common among severe users.
There are several categories of opiate drugs that are the most commonly abused substances. These include prescription pain medications like Oxy Contin, Morphine and hydrocodone as well as illicit drugs like heroin.
When someone takes an opiate it has a sedative effect. The high starts within seconds of taking the drug and can last several hours. The first few minutes of an opiate high are the most intense. Once a person comes down from opiates they often crave more and more.
The other dangerous point regarding taking opiates is that those who take the drug often develop an opiate tolerance where they have to take more and more to get the same effect.
Users will often inject opiate drugs, snort them through the nose or smoke them.
The Most Abused Opiates
All opiates are addictive drugs but there are some opiates that are legally prescribed to people which are characterized as prescription painkiller drugs. Painkillers are very dangerous because many will start taking them legally for an illness or injury and end up hooked on them. Often the individual has never taken an illegal drug in their life and have no history of drug or alcohol abuse.
Hydrocodone is the number one most prescribed drugs in America and the number one most abused opiate. The drugs oxycodone, Vicoden, Oxy Contin and Morphine follow closely. Many will take these prescriptions orally, however some will snort, smoke or inject them for a stronger high. There are currently 5 million people that use prescription opiates non-medically.
The other category of most abused opiates is heroin. Made from the seeds of the opium poppy plant, heroin is primarily trafficked into the United States from the country of Afghanistan. According to statistics there are nearly 6 million heroin addicts in the country of all ages. There are also many who become addicted to prescription painkiller and end up using heroin because it is a cheaper and more intense high.
How Are People Getting Opiates
The most common way to get prescription opiates is from a friend or family member. Many addicts will raid their loved ones medicine cabinets on a regular basis to get more and more of the drugs. Sometimes, friends or family members will also give addicts the drugs from their own valid prescrptions. In addition to this many obtain prescription opiate painkillers off the street or from online pharmacies called Pill Mills.
Heroin, on the other hand, is primarily bought from the street. It is sold in a small folded up paper called a “Stamp,” a plastic baggie or a vile that is plastic or glass. One “stamp” usually costs anywhere between $10.00 and $40.00.
Prescription pain pills and other opiate drugs account for thousands of deaths every year.
Right now the death rate has tripled for drug induced deaths over the last 20 years and continues to climb.
Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Can Actually Handle Opiate Addiction
When a person gets addicted to opiates some say there is no hope. Many try NA and are unsuccessful as well as 30 day programs and do not get a result.
Opiate addiction requires long term, residential treatment like the Narconon drug rehabilitation program. For more information on the Narconon facility or to get someone help for an opiate addiction call now.