In 2010, more people were admitted for treatment against heroin addiction in Illinois than any other drug. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), 18,200 people underwent treatment for heroin addiction, that is 25.1%, of all those who underwent substance abuse treatment in Illinois in 2010. The rates of heroin use in Illinois between men and women are almost equal, with only 10% more men using heroin than women. There is also no marked differentiation between the different age groups, with heroin abuse more prevalent in 21-25 year olds, 36-40 year olds and 46-50 year olds. Opiates and painkillers with opiate properties, such as oxycontin and vicodin, are gateway drugs to heroin. They contain similar properties to heroin and so prepare users to take the next step up to heroin. Heroin is no longer seen as a ‘hard’ drug. This, coupled with the fact that heroin is cheaper than many other drugs, accounts for its popularity.
Heroin is highly addictive. If you have begun to use heroin, have been using it for a while, or even only tried it once, we recommend that you seek treatment. Do not wait until you have become a heroin addict. Heroin addiction destroys lives and can end yours. Call one of the treatment facilities based in Illinois which are listed on our website. It is never too late, or too early, to start treatment.
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