Pill Mill Legislation Leaves Fatal Consequences For Communities
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 07:50 PM EDT
An unexpected side effect of pill mill legislation and closures, substance abusers are now turning to heroin to achieve a much cheaper, faster high – and though the epidemic has its roots in Florida (1), it is now spreading throughout the Midwest, particularly Indiana where about one out of every 100 high school seniors in the state uses heroin:
• •Columbus undercover officers made five heroin buys all of last year – this year, they've already made more than 30.
• •A new study shows the number of Hoosier teens using heroin is more than double the national average (2).
Novus Medical Detox, which treats patients from all over the nation, including Indiana, says the unlikely victims are not only teens, but professionals. Turning to heroine was the consequence of pill mill legislation without proper public education of alternative solutions. This affects business communities and taxpayers.
“The heroin withdrawal process is so difficult, its abusers often avoid detox and rehab at all costs,” says Kurt Runyon, Executive Director of Novus Medical Detox. But detox is the first step in stemming the rise of heroin abuse – without it, people will likely continue abusing heroin, even though they wish to live a sober life.
Some possible questions for your story/to ask Novus:
• • What are the consequences of creating new laws without public education?
• • How many people are you now seeing needing heroin detox due to lack of accessibility for prescription drugs?
• • What are the trends you are seeing in patients coming to Novus for detox as more pill mills close down around the nation?
• • Do you think any other drugs will make a comeback as more pill mills close?
• • How does this affect taxpayers and citizens that are not experiencing drug abuse – how does this drug abuse epidemic affect other sectors of society?
• • Are their solutions? What can people do to get educated on this?
• • What are some of the symptoms of withdrawals from heroin?
• • Why is heroin one of the most fatal drugs?
• • The RX addiction epidemic has changed the people you see coming into your facility – now professionals and upper-middle class women – are these people also turning to heroine?
• • How are these teenagers finding access to heroine?
• • What makes people turn to such a highly-addictive street drug as a substitute for pain killers?
• • Why do people turn to heroine instead of ask for help? What has notoriously been the problem with detox in the media field that has deterred people from seeking help?