Heroin Prices Rise Because of Coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic has not only halted the regular routines of all people on the globe, but it is also affecting the illegal and legal drug-taking cultures in exceptionally dangerous ways. First, is the current limited drug availability because of travel restrictions from known drug-producing countries such as China, Mexico, South America, etc.
Second, are the shelter in place orders, which mean that addicts can no longer hit the streets or enter drug-dealing neighborhoods to get their drugs- which will likely cause even riskier drug experimenting and using behaviors to occur. The third reason is that the services that support addiction recoveries, such as methadone clinics and other medical practitioners, may or may not be open. And finally, the cost of heroin and other drugs that are still available have skyrocketed.
Why is the Price Rising for Drugs During COVID-19?
Heroin dealers are now limited to how they get their supplies, which means addicts are being charged more for drugs as well as being forced to use other drugs in place of their regular addiction, which is dangerous. CNN recently spoke to Steve Rolles, a senior policy analyst at the Transform Drug Policy Foundation, where he stated how heroin prices will inevitably increase because of the limitations on illegal drug movement across nations.
It does seem likely that the supply of drugs that these people are using, in particular, heroin, is going to be restricted … it’s going to be more challenging to move drugs around. As weeks stretch into months, I think we’re likely to see a drought, a heroin drought.
With all these dangerous realities for the addict who is struggling with an addiction to heroin or other opiate drugs, the likelihood that addicts will commit crimes to pay for drugs is inevitable, as well as the potential for using other drugs to self-medicate that addicts are not familiar with and can cause an accidental overdose. The challenges that a heroin addict faces during the coronavirus pandemic are most certainly life-threatening and will instigate addiction generally to become worse.
Before COVID-19 became a global issue, the United States had just seen progress on the opioid crisis. 2018 marked the first year in over three decades that accidental overdoses declined. Since the coronavirus is now the greatest focus of all governments and health organizations globally, drug addiction recovery resources and campaigns in the United States and other countries have been put on pause. Therefore, addicts who want and need help may not be able to find it.
Increased Health Hazards with Heroin Addiction
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA, reports how drug addicts also face increased health hazards because of their addiction. Since COVID-19 attacks the lungs and the respiratory system, drug addicts who use drugs like heroin, and other opiates, as well as other drugs that are smoked (methamphetamine, crack cocaine, marijuana, etc.), all affect the respiratory system and cause addicts even more susceptibility to how dangerous the virus is.
NIDA also points out how drug addiction causes people to become homeless and commit crimes and end up in jail, with both environments being more significant for the transmission of the virus.
As people across the U.S. and the rest of the world contend with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the research community should be alert to the possibility that it could hit some populations with substance use disorders (SUDs) particularly hard… People with opioid use disorder (OUD) and methamphetamine use disorder may also be vulnerable due to those drugs’ effects on respiratory and pulmonary health. Additionally, individuals with a substance use disorder are more likely to experience homelessness or incarceration than those in the general population, and these circumstances pose unique challenges regarding the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. (NIDA)
The fact that life, as everyone knows it has changed, does not indicate that drug addiction will stop. Unfortunately, drug addicts face even more challenges on how to afford heroin as well as remain healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The good news is that there are substance abuse treatment programs still open and offering in-person treatment programs for heroin and other drug addictions. The measures that these available treatment centers we connect people to are taking to prevent the spread of the virus are superior.
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The centers we advocate for during the coronavirus have implemented rigorous cleaning schedules of their facilities throughout the day, provide hand sanitizer and require social distancing, and screen all residents for symptoms of the virus daily. If you or a loved one is struggling to find or afford heroin or other opiate drugs to avoid the physical withdrawal symptoms that this extremely severe addiction causes- the time is now to get admitted into a professional drug treatment program.
The heroin addiction treatment centers we support offer medically supervised detox services followed by several options for the type of treatment program you or your loved one needs. To learn about the available programs, contact one of our treatment specialists. They will work to have you or your loved one admitted into an inpatient, intensive outpatient, outpatient, or medically supervised heroin detox as soon as possible.