Destin, FL (PRWEB) January 24, 2013
Gulf Coast Addiction Treatment Center Executive Director, Debbie Ross, urges parents to be on the lookout for drug paraphernalia in their home as Florida heroin use increases with pill prices rising.
“The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has conducted a very effective statewide war on prescription drug abuse shutting down pill mills and helping to enforce legislation making it harder for new ones to open. What we are seeing as a result are the laws of supply and demand coming into play making it expensive to buy prescription pills. Recent enrollees in our program are telling us they were once addicted to oxycodone and when they became scarce and the price doubled and tripled, they switched to cheaper but stronger heroin,” says Debbie Ross.
Ross explains that enrollees in their drug rehab program report the price of 30 milligrams of oxycodone jumped from about $10 to about $30 in 2012. Some types of heroin are as cheap as $10 a hit, and addicts are going to pick the cheaper option without worrying about the painful detox process.
In an analysis of drug-related deaths for 2011, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement flagged heroin as one of the year’s most harmful drugs. The FDLE analysis reported heroin deaths statewide increased by 18.8 percent to 62 percent. The 2012 numbers are to be reported.
“Due to the increased use of heroin we are seeing, we are urging parents to be on the lookout for drug paraphernalia, such as spoons with burn marks, syringes and foil in their home, especially in waste baskets, their children’s rooms or in bathrooms. This is especially important if the child was given a prescription for oxycodone or other strong pain killer for dental work, a sports injury or any other injury. These could be signs your child is struggling with drug abuse,” says Debbie Ross.
Parents concerned that their child may be struggling with drug abuse may call 888-257-3566 to talk with an addiction specialist at no cost. All conversations are confidential.
About Gulf Coast Addiction Treatment
The Gulf Coast Addiction Treatment facility, located in Destin, Florida, is a private non-profit agency that is licensed by the State of Florida. Operating since 2003, their mission statement is their passion, “Helping good people find lasting recovery.” For years, the Gulf Coast center has provided alcohol and drug rehabilitation and recovery services to individuals throughout the nation who are dealing with alcohol and substance abuse. For more information visit Gulf Coast’s website at http://www.gulfcoastdrugrehab.com or call toll-free 800-253-3168.