It sounds absurd
to make the statement that there is currently some “bad heroin” in our
community because we all know that heroin is one of the most addicting and
deadliest drugs around.
While all drug
addiction becomes deadly over a period of time, heroin use increases the
probability of death with each use. A heroin dependent state is achieved
after only a short period of time.
euphoria of heroin use is rapidly replaced with physical suffering and
hopelessness, regret, and overwhelming physical and emotional pain compel
the addict to seek out a “fix.”
The heroin being
used in Northwest Indiana RIGHT NOW is extremely lethal and in the last
eight weeks has caused 6 deaths in Porter County, 1 in Lake County, and a
combined 20 plus near fatal overdoses.
The main suspect
in this “bad heroin” is Fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a
powerful drug that can be used in clinical settings by a physician
prescribing it to manage pain or for anesthesia. But the Fentanyl often used
to lace heroin is created in laboratories and not as closely monitored.
The danger of
Fentanyl lies in its lethality. The drug is about 100 times more powerful
A dose as small
as 120 micrograms - about the same amount as a few grains of table sugar –
can be lethal for an adult.
designated as Recovery Month. It celebrates people in recovery from
addiction and those who serve them. It is also a time to educate the public
on addiction as a national health crisis, raise awareness that addiction is
a treatable disease, and reinforce the fact that recovery is possible. In
order to celebrate recovery you need to be alive. Seek treatment NOW.
resources available. Call Porter-Starke Services at 219.531.3500, Regional
Mental Health System at 219.769.4005, Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living
at 219.885.4264 or Swanson Center at 219.879.4621.