On the morning of March 31, 2017, six men and one woman died from a deadly batch of heroin in western New York. In the past year, heroin use has risen at an alarming rate. Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Executive, states they see an average of seven overdose deaths a week. Drugs being laced is a huge concern in the state of New York. Erie county alone had 300 opioid and heroin deaths in 2016, with a population of only 900,000.
Heroin, also known as diamorphine among other names, is an opiate typically used as a recreational drug for its euphoric effects. Medically it is occasionally used to relieve pain and as a form of opioid replacement therapy alongside counseling. It is one of the most well-known street drugs out there. Heroin became popular from past opioid users. Both drugs have similar effects, but heroin is much cheaper, which caused its market size to expand.
The use of drugs like heroin is always and always will be a concern. For the state of New York there has been a huge upshoot of heroin users. Statistics show that from 2014 to 2015 the percentage of deaths caused by heroin overdose has increased by 20.4 percent. In 2014, 78 people per day died from either heroin or painkillers. Heroin can be smoked, snorted, or injected into veins or muscles. Neither one is healthier than the other, they both cause the same health risks. Heroin poses a high risk of physical and psychological dependence as well as a high risk of overdose and possible death. Found on the Nation’s Best Rehab website, the average heroin user is a caucasian 32 year old male located in a small rural or urban region. The increase in heroin abuse is something everyone should be concerned about.
By Tyler Hailston