In Pennsylvania, the heroin epidemic has grown out of control. Heroin abuse is no longer relegated to the inner cities or certain demographics. The price of heroin has dropped so low that it is cheaper than buying liquor or even beer. To add to the problem, it is just as easy to get and the dealers have become really good at making it easily available. As a result, there are 52,000 people in Pennsylvania that are in treatment for heroin addiction, and another 760,000 addicts that haven’t received treatment. An even more depressing statistic is that 70% of Pennsylvanians in prison are suffering from a treatable substance abuse problem. These statistics come out of a report released this past September from the members of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.
Legislators Seek Treatment Rather than Arrests for Heroin Addicts
The severity of this heroin problem has Pennsylvania lawmakers and politicians turning to some alternative laws to attack the problem and help get addicts into treatment rather than jail. They also don’t want to add to the 3,000 Pennsylvania residents that have died from heroin overdose or abuse of other opioids in the last five years. “We cannot arrest our way out of this problem,” said Senator Gene Yaw, who is the Chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. He also acknowledged that sending an addict to treatment for 30 days in a drug rehab facility is not enough for them to walk away cured. The new legislation being sought includes several bills that would allow the system to track prescriptions issued and flag people who might be addicted to prescription opioids.
Hopefully, this new outlook on laws and a focus on treating addiction rather than punishing addicts will set a new trend and help the state recover from this heroin epidemic. Heroin withdrawal treatment often takes longer than 30 days. In addition to that, many 30 day programs do not offer the relapse prevention and aftercare help that addicts receive at a treatment facility like Cornerstone Recovery Center.
Relocating for Inpatient Treatment in Ft. Lauderdale Can Spell Addiction Recovery Success
Cornerstone Recovery Center is located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. We have many clients from out of the state who enjoy a high rate of success when removing themselves from their original environment to seek out treatment. Our newly renovated residential facility is located on the beautiful Ft. Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway and is just steps from the beach. The weather here is warm and welcoming and so is our expert staff. We develop an individual treatment plan for each of our clients based on their specific needs and personalities. If you would like to learn more about our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or traditional 12-step recovery, call Cornerstone Recovery Center at 888-711-0354 or contact us online. Admissions counsleors are standing by to help and all communication with our staff is confidential.
Read Part 2 of our series on the heroin epidemic to find out what more is being done in states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey to save lives.