Arizona one of the Largest Drug Smuggling States in US
Because Arizona finds itself directly north of the major Mexican drug trafficking stronghold of Sonora, it continues to be one of the largest drug smuggling states in the country. Experts say that more marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin pass through Arizona on a weekly basis then most states see in a year. Also, because most of the Arizona border consists of inhospitable deserts and steep mountain ranges, it continues to be an ideal spot for illicit drug smuggling.
Due to the close proximity with the Mexican border, Arizona is a large distribution hub for a wide assortment of opiates including Black Tar Heroin and brown powder heroin. A NDIC study conducted in Arizona’s three major cities Phoenix, Tuscon and Flagstaff, show that the usage rates of black tar heroin in metropolitan areas is on the rise. While heroin is becoming more of a problem in Arizona the major opiate problem in Arizona is not necessarily Heroin, but another drug that often flies under the radar but can be just as dangerous, Prescription Drugs.
Rise in Arizona Prescription Drug Abuse
A study of leading methadone clinics in Arizona estimates that approximately 15% – 25% of all drug addiction treatment sought in Arizona is attributed to prescription drugs. Because prescription controlled drugs are frequently smuggled in through Mexico, there is a large availability of powerful prescription drugs like Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, as well as other hydroquinone products.
While prescription drugs are effective treatments to ease pain and aid recovery, they are often found to be some of the most abused drugs in the country. What is even more alarming is that the most common form of prescription drug being abused is often times the most dangerous. These are Opioids, including codeine, oxycodone and morphine, which are not only highly addictive, but also carry a high risk of dependency and overdose.
Counteract Opiate Dependency with Suboxone
Suboxone is the first narcotic drug available that specifically combats opiate dependency in cases of prescription drug and heroin abuse. What makes suboxone so effective is the use of it’s primary active ingredient, buprenorphine, which is itself a partial opioid agonist. This works to help suppress your opiate withdrawal symptoms, thus decreasing opiate cravings and use.
Suboxone can only be provided by a licensed physician who is legally allowed to administer Suboxone to their patients. Suboxone is always taken under the close supervision of your medical physician and is often coupled with addiction treatment counseling.
Seek Help Now
If you or a loved one is struggling with Heroin or prescription pill addiction, do not hesitate to contact a medical professional to help find a treatment plan for your struggling friend. Please feel free to search our Suboxone Arizona directory for Suboxone doctors in your area.