Currently, most of our top news stories are about how heroin overdose deaths are on the rise. The reason there are so many fatal overdoses now is that the drug is being cut and laced with even stronger opioids, such as Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used to treat severe and debilitating pain. Heroin drug dealers are profiting from this.
As scary as it sounds when a person dies from an overdose of heroin, the drug addict community seeks out where they got the drug from. Fentanyl overdose deaths happen quickly because Fentanyl is one of the strongest opiate drugs manufactured today.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, SAMHSA, there’s a new heroin on the street far more potent than the usual that people who are addicted to heroin have come to know and expect. This heroin is laced with fentanyl—a prescription painkiller used to treat the severe pain of cancer. Drug dealers are in a competitive business and like other entrepreneurs, they look for ways to distinguish their product and make it something people will seek, including by increasing the potency of the heroin they sell. Unfortunately, this has resulted in the deaths of dozens of people who cannot tolerate it. Within minutes of using this contaminated heroin, they lose consciousness, breathe ever more slowly until they finally stop—and die” (SAMHSA).
Fentanyl Addiction on Long Island
Opioid and heroin addiction are often very difficult to treat because these drugs are extremely addictive. Addicts become extremely physically dependent and suffer severe withdrawal symptoms if they don’t continue to use heroin or other opiates. Our treatment programs in Long Island are designed to help heroin and opioid addicts get clean and remain in recovery from heroin for good. The first step in assisting yourself or a family member is to get them into a treatment program for heroin addiction.
The first phase of a heroin addiction treatment program is a medically supervised detox. For a person to safely withdraw off heroin or other opiates it is extremely important that they have medical supervision. Medical doctors who are trained in heroin addiction understand the withdraw symptoms and will prescribe safe medication to lessen physical discomfort as well as ease any emotional or mental distress.
Fentanyl Detox on Long Island
The time it takes for a person to detox off heroin or other opiates and even fentanyl itself varies. The parameters that affect each person’s detox time are the length of time on the drug, how much they were taking and what other substances are they using. The general health of a person who is using opioids also greatly affects how long detox will take. The treatment programs we offer in New York and on Long Island for heroin addiction are all licensed by the state of New York.
About Long Island Interventions
We’ve helped countless individuals and families that are affected by drug addiction and alcoholism across the New York area. Many people who develop a substance use disorder find it very difficult to stop using without professional help. If you or someone you know is looking for a detox, drug rehab, intervention, or outpatient drug rehab, our addiction resource center can help.
Long Island Interventions provides an opportunity for those struggling with substance abuse to recover safely. We believe in Long Island drug treatment programs that are solution-focused and evidence-based and our recovery advocates have decades of combined experience.