In 2010, 374 people were admitted to treatment facilities in Iowa for treatment against heroin abuse. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), 60.7% of those admitted for treatment were men. Treatment for heroin use for those between 26 and 30 years old made up the largest bloc of those treated for heroin abuse. However, Iowa has one of the largest rates of unmet need for treatment, which means that there are many more people who use heroin but have not sought treatment for the problem in at least a year. Heroin is a highly addictive drug. You can become an addict after only using it once. This is why treatment is recommended for anyone who has even tried heroin, and especially for those who have used the drug multiple times. Heroin addiction can be fatal. Do not lose yourself in this drug. Seek help even if you have only used it once and think you do not have a problem.
Heroin has become popular due to its similarities with other opiate drugs and painkillers with opiate properties, such as oxycontin and vicodin. Those painkillers are often ‘gateway drugs’ to heroin use. Heroin is no longer seen as an exotic or particularly ‘hard’ drug as a result of the similarities it shares with these painkillers. Heroin is also cheaper than most other drugs, making it easier to obtain and thus more frequently used. Our website has a comprehensive list of Iowa treatment facilities. If you are worried about your heroin use and the affect it is having on you and your loved ones, call one of the treatment centers listed on our website today.
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