Heroin Overdoses Scare Local University Students; How Missouri Rehab Centers Can Help Curb Opioid Addiction
Two individuals are recovering in the hospital after recently overdosing on heroin in off-campus student housing just blocks away from Missouri State University. While it remains unclear whether the two victims were university students, the heroin incident has residents and students scared about drug problems in the local community.
As law enforcement agencies continue to address the state’s heroin epidemic, Missouri rehab centers are giving recovering addicts the support and treatments they need to successfully achieve sobriety and improve public safety.
If you’re addicted to heroin and/or painkillers and live in Missouri, understand that you don’t have to overcome addiction on your own without help. Call our 24/7 confidential helpline at 816-566-5103 to learn more about heroin and opioid rehab centers that will guide you along the path to improved health and sobriety.
Facing Local Problems With Heroin Addiction
After responding to an emergency 911 call related to the heroin incident, police found two men overdosing on heroin in an upstairs apartment in a housing community near the university. The police saved the lives of the overdose victims using CPR before paramedics arrived and rushed the patients to the nearest hospital.
Jason Martin, a paramedic at CoxHealth in Springfield, says more Missouri residents are visiting the emergency room due to problems associated with heroin use. Martin says heroin is involved in many cases of child abuse, domestic violence, and car accidents, and that most victims are lucky to survive overdoses caused by the deadly opioid. According to Martin, a heroin overdose can lead to death if not treated or addressed within six minutes of the incident.
Springfield’s heroin problem is at its worst, and is continuing to worsen in wake of the nation’s opioid epidemic. In 2011, Springfield law enforcement only seized 26 grams of heroin, which is less than one ounce. So far this year, police have seized nearly nine pounds of heroin, which is 150% more heroin than the amount seized in the last five years put together.
Combating Heroin and Opioid Addiction at Rehab Centers
In previous years, heroin was frequently mixed with dangerous substances not meant for consumption by the human body, such as brick dust, says Martin. But today, drug dealers are mixing heroin with low-cost synthetic opioids that offer higher risks for overdose, coma, and death. These dangerous synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and carfentanil, are highly potent, and can lead to an overdose after just the first use.
Fortunately, drug and alcohol rehab centers throughout Missouri now offer a variety of addiction treatments for individuals who suffer from heroin and opioid dependency. On behalf of the country’s nationwide opioid epidemic, the Obama administration secured $53 million earlier this year to help various states address and overcome their opioid problems. A large percentage of this funding was used to increase access to medication-assisted treatments for opioid addiction.
If you or someone you care about is addicted to heroin or painkillers, call our 24/7 confidential helpline right away at 816-566-5103 to learn about your rehab options. Our caring treatment specialists will help you find Missouri rehab centers that can guide you or your loved one to better health and sobriety.
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