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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Switching Oxycodone for Heroin

The increase in Federal efforts to curb the ever growing prescription drug epidemic in the United States has created a new problem on the east coast. As it has become harder to acquire drugs like oxycodone, addicts have switched over to using heroin especially in the state of Maryland. The rise in heroin use has resulted in major increase in heroin related overdose deaths, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Suburban teens who had become addicted to prescription drugs formerly are now achieving their fix by buying heroin from drug dealers, the newspaper reports. "The kids who got addicted to prescription pills are flipping to heroin, and, as a result, these kids are dropping like flies," said Mike Gimbel, a drug counselor at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.

A new report released by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found that there were 205 heroin-related overdose deaths in the first seven months of 2012, compared with 145 during the same period in 2011, an increase of 41 percent. Conversely, overdose deaths related to prescription painkillers decreased 15 percent during the same period, from 208 to 177, with overall deaths from drug overdoses increasing by 6 percent.

There are less prescription narcotics available on the street and the price of those drugs has increased significantly. Not surprisingly, heroin has become a cheaper and more easily accessible option.

"The rise in overdoses from heroin is a new and concerning trend," Maryland Health Department Secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein said in a news release. "By addressing this issue, we can continue the progress Maryland has made against drug addiction."
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