Heroin: The Silent Killer
First responders in South Florida witness heroin the silent killer every day and really every two hours. That’s right! Every two hours emergency medical technicians and/or police are called to assist someone who is overdosing on heroin. Often the first responders will administer Naloxone. So why is heroin referred to as the silent killer?
As Don Maines, a Special Advisor at Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) explained to Miami’s CBS News when commenting on the serious situation in Broward County:
“It’s a ‘silent killer’ because people get this drug they go back to their room, they shoot up, they die. Behind dumpsters, shoot up, they die.”
Ana Moreno FRS Co-Founder Offers Observations
This past week CBS News’Lauren Pastrana interviewed Family Recovery Specialist’s (FRS) Co-Founder Ana Moreno, a psychotherapist and addiction specialist, who works with heroin addicts first hand. Ms. Moreno relates that in one recent day she received three calls regarding patients overdosing on heroin. Two did not survive.
In discussing the prevalence of heroin addiction and the availability of the drug Ms. Moreno offered:
“Statistics show 4 out of 5 current heroin users began with prescription pain medication,” she said. “At the closing of the clinics and the ease of getting the pills, people have been left with this dependency and this addiction to opiates.”
Recovery Is Possible
Take a few minutes to watch CBS Miami News’ full report on Heroin: The Silent Killer.
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If you have a loved one who is addicted to opioids or heroin, please feel free to call Family Recovery Specialists. We offer outpatient rehab, interventions and specialize in providing individual and family therapy to adolescents and young adults, but we also work with older adults and parents who want to become more effective at home. Remember prevention and recovery is possible.