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Growing Heroin Problem in Iowa

Iowa Heroin AddictionWhile Methamphetamine remains the principal drug concern in Iowa, recent studies show that opiates, such as heroin and prescription pills like Oxycontin, have seen a steady increase in usage rates over the last 5 years. This is due in large part to the recent availability of heroin into Iowa from the eastern United States through Interstate 80. Interstates 29 and 35 also provide an essential north-south transportation hub for drug traffickers from Mexico and Canada. As these dangerous opiates continue to flood into communities all over Iowa, many state and local officials are fearful that this may only be the beginning.

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Mexican heroin is the predominant type of heroin found in Iowa, and is sporadically available in small quantities through the urban and suburban areas of Iowa. Des Moines and Cedar Rapids seem to have been the most effected with some of the highest heroin usage rates in the state. Many officials are now targeting Eastern Iowa as the next hot spot for heroin activity due to a large number of recent overdoses in the area.




Heroin Addiction

Heroin is a highly dangerous and extremely addictive drug extracted from the poppy plant. Heroin is the most abused and fasting acting opiate, and is widely considered as one of the most dangerous and addictive substances ever created. Heroin is usually administered through the use of an injection straight into the users blood stream. As tolerance builds up in the blood stream, more and more heroin is required to produce the same high. As the dose is increased users face a real threat of overdose and even death.

Heroin Dependence and Withdrawal

Heroin is a habit forming drug that can quickly lead to addiction and heroin dependence. As users slowly become dependent on the drug, their bodies no longer can function properly without their heroin fix. Long term use of heroin can damage the kidneys, liver, heart, and put the user at a high risk of hepatitis and HIV. After a user has become completely dependent on the drug, severe withdrawal symptoms are likely to set in if the user abruptly stops taking the drug. These withdrawal are likely to last anywhere from 24-48 hours, but can last up to two weeks. Some patients have even reported withdrawal symptoms lasting up to 6 months. Withdrawal symptoms are not life-threatening but can be extremely dangerous to those in poor health.

Fighting Heroin Dependence with Suboxone

Suboxone is a newly designed drug that works to ease withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin and other opiate addictions. Suboxone is a prescription drug administered in an outpatient setting that not only works to ease painful withdrawal symptoms, but works to block the effects of opioids and clean and detoxify your system. Iowa Suboxone Rehab is most effective when combined with other treatment methods like drug counseling and behavioral therapy. Suboxone works on all opiate based drugs including oxycontin, oxycodone, vicodin, percocet, and morphine.

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Suboxone can only be prescribed by a SAMHSA certified physician who is legally aloud to administer suboxone. If you are looking for an Iowa heroin addiction treatment center, feel free to take a look at our extensive Iowa Suboxone directory.

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