Heroin is a popular illegal recreational drug that falls into the category of opiates. Opiates are a class of drugs that are derived from poppy plants. Heroin is produced from morphine which is extracted from the seeds of the poppy plant and can be highly addictive leading to physical dependency.
Heroin is one of the quickest acting drugs which makes it very addictive. With time however, the body gets used to the drug resulting in the need for increased intake along with withdrawal symptoms such as muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
In order to reduce the amount of heroin consumption in the world, researchers have been working on the development of a heroin vaccine which will reduce dependency on the drug.
This move was done in light of the current heroin abuse situation in Erie. It has been estimated that more than 20 million people around the world are addicted to heroin. This has put them at risk of potentially fatal diseases such as HIV which is transferred through shared syringes. Drug relapse is relatively high in heroin and is another reason why there is a need for the development of a heroin vaccine.
Drug Addiction affects everyone because it affects society as a whole. The consequence to our economy is about $150 Billion dollars. The impact on our loved ones is 125,000 deaths. These numbers belong to year 2003 and they keep increasing every year. More than 20 Million people in our country need treatment for substance abuse, right now.
After researching treatment, insurance coverage, treatment accessibility, our recent society problems and its relation with addiction itself, we see treatment as a gift that you give yourself. Everyone could benefit from taking time out of their stressful routine and reassess their lives and what is important to them.
Sometimes our search for pleasure and pain avoidance contributes to our addictive cycle. Our best thinking when we are in our addictive patterns gets us in more trouble and the chronicity of addiction continues.
Recent studies have been reported in which there is talk of a heroin vaccine ready for pre-testing for heroin addiction. This may interest those whose friends or family are addicted by offering hope for them. Tests have been conducted on rats and so far have provided positive results.
Erie Drug Treatment: For Personal Healing
It is common for the client of Erie Drug Rehab to be experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they come to us for assistance. We understand that during this time, one may be experiencing extreme discomfort, physical and emotional pain. We also understand that withdrawal poses great risks that can, at times, be fatal. For this reason, Erie drug detox is fully supervised by professional medical personnel. Each client is monitored by psychiatrists, doctors and nurses who are dedicated to making sure that each client detoxes safely and as comfortably as possible.
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