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Miami police found baby and two overdosed adults in car

Published On: 11-21-2016 in Category: addiction, Drugs, Heroin, Substance abuse


Addiction to heroin is rampant in the United States, particularly, in the state of Florida, where it is easily available. With heroin use in Florida reaching an all-time high, there has been a steady rise in the number of heroin overdose deaths in the state. Recently, Miami police found a 2-month old baby, whose mother was apparently under the influence of drugs or alcohol, at the scene of a car accident in the Northwest 20th Street and 12th Avenue.

At the time of the incident, the baby was strapped in the car seat, while his mother was outside the car, said the police. The driver of the car appeared to be high under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was unconscious, said Lt. Freddie Cruz, of the Miami Police Department’s Public Information Office.

“The infant and its mother were immediately transported to a nearby hospital and then taken to a local fire station,” said Cruz. However, the baby was taken under the custody of Florida’s Department of Children and Families.

Why is heroin abuse rampant in Florida?

Heroin use is not just limited to the poor neighborhoods, it has spread to the suburbs and affluent areas as well. The crackdown on pill manufacturing mills has made it even harder to obtain addictive opioids, such as fentanyl, OxyContin, Vicodin and others medications, in the absence of a valid prescription. Thereby, the need for a similar effect drug with identical chemical structure has fueled smuggling of heroin across most of the U.S. states, including Florida .

According to the Trust for America’s Health, a health policy organization, “Florida has the 11th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the country and recently received a score of just 70 percent on its policy report card of promising strategies to curb prescription abuse”. “Heroin users have a history of nonmedical use of prescription opioid pain relievers,” said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For many individuals addicted to heroin, the decision to switch from painkiller medication abuse to heroin use seems to be a cheaper and practical option. While prescription opioid medications could cost about $1/milligram, i.e., $60 for a single 60-milligram pill, an equivalent amount of heroin is available at approximately $10 per bag. Moreover, heroin can be easily bought on the streets, as compared to opioid medications, which require a valid medical prescription.

Going drug-free is possible

Heroin has a powerful effect on the pleasure circuitry of the brain, which causes the brain to seek for even larger quantities of the drug. Besides, the effects of withdrawal can be life-threatening.

If you or your loved one is grappling with addiction to heroin or any other drug, seek medical help from the Miami Drug Treatment and Rehab Center. Our certified addiction advisors can assist you in getting the best treatment options that can help you get “drug-free”. You can call us at 305-615-2028 for more information.

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