Heroin Abuse at All Time Highs In New Orleans
While Heroin abuse in Louisiana isn’t considered widespread enough to pose a significant threat, areas in an around greater New Orleans are seeing historic highs in the use and distribution of this dangerous drug. In recent years, New Orleans has become a main distribution hub for dangerous high purity heroin which is being transported primarily through commercial delivery, commercial buses and via drug vessels from Columbia. Heroin abuse in New Orleans goes beyond all race and social stereotypes, and is widespread all over New Orleans, including in their upscale predominantly Caucasian suburbs.
South American heroin from Columbia is the most common type of heroin found in Louisiana, and is typically sold at street level quantities in one-half gram bags. Heroin has also become a widespread problem in many suburban areas around Greater New Orleans, and often attracts many into housing projects and drug houses searching for the drug. New Orleans also has some of the highest overdose rates in the country, due to it’s widespread availability of high purity heroin all over the city.
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Louisiana Heroin Abuse
The reason why heroin is so dangerous is because it's processes from naturally occurring morphine. This has powerful effects on the body and can cause long term dependency only after a few times using the drug. Additionally, heroin is often mixed with other substances to boost the street value, which can make it exponentially more dangerous to the user. Heroin is responsible for thousands of overdose deaths every year, and continues to be one of the most addictive and dangerous substances man has ever created.
Heroin abuse also has many dangerous long term effects as well. Over long term use heroin can devastate vital organs such as the liver, heart and kidneys. Heroin abuse also comes with the risk of exchanging dangerous diseases such as HIV, and Hepatitis through sharing dirty needles. Another devastating long term effect of abusing heroin is the risk for developing a dependency.
Heroin dependencies take place after long term abuse where the user's body has adapted so much to the drug that the body can no longer function normally without it. If the user goes even a short period of time without heroin, they will develop moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms that can wreak havoc on the body. Severe withdrawal symptoms can be major stumbling blocks to users ready to quit heroin, and many users keeping using the drug to avoid them altogether.
Suboxone For Heroin Withdrawal
Suboxone is a prescription medication, usually administered in an outpatient setting, that helps ease withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin withdrawal. Suboxone is a partial opiate agonist which means it contains partial opiates that work to combat the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone also contains powerful detoxifying agents that work to detoxify the system by blocking any opiates that currently may be in your body. This also works to deter addicts from using during treatment because it blocks any effects of the drug and will only cause further withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone works on any opiate based drug addiction including oxycontin, oxycodone, vicodin, percocet, and morphine. Suboxone treatment in Louisiana can only be prescribed by a certified SAHHSA doctor who is legally permitted to administer suboxone to their patients. If you're looking for more information on Suboxone please feel free to look through our detailed Louisiana Suboxone directory for a suboxone provider near you.