"I don't know what he took, he might be dead"
News about the heroin epidemic and the opioid craze may look like just stories on your screen or your newspaper, but in reality, it’s playing out all around you. It may be closer to you than you even realize. Opioids including heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl killed 33,000 people in America in 2015. In 2016, there were 52,404 overdose deaths. Opioids are set to take even more lives in 2017. Ambulances across the U.S. are responding to multiple overdoses every single day. Heroin users aren’t just burnouts or lifelong addicts; a heroin user could be your successful, middle-aged neighbor, your best friend since kindergarten, or even your child.
Shocking new footage has been released by an EMT who wanted to show the reality of what he deals with every day, and just how quickly you can lose your life in search of a cheap high.
The recent rise in heroin and opioid abuse has been attributed to the frivolous and reckless prescribing of addictive pain pills to citizens. Doctors don’t seem to be monitoring their patient’s use of pain killers very well, and they either take too many themselves, forming an addiction, or they sell them to other addicts.
Need Something Cheaper
When doctors do finally cut off their patients with no alternative or substance to help end their addiction, and they can’t afford the pills on the streets, they’re likely to turn to heroin which is less expensive than buying pills though the habit can become extremely expensive.
It can also be deadly. Users can overdose from just one use. And longtime users who feel more immune to larger doses can take too much chasing that feeling they haven’t felt since their first time using.
So Much Use
“I never believed we’d be treating two or three heroin overdoses a day. Never. The number just keeps going up,” claimed Chad Ward, an EMT from Cabell County in West Virginia. He’s been working as an emergency medical technician for years, but he’s noticed a steep rise in heroin abuse and overdoses.