Opioid Overdosing in Florida
The insidious nature of addiction has led to the current epidemic of opiate overdose, affecting communities across the nation and Florida is no exception. As one’s tolerance builds up to opiates such as heroin or prescription pain medications, addicts require more of that substance to achieve the same effect but the human body can only process so much before shutting down. By continuing drug use overtime, overdose becomes more likely than not.
Accidental overdose may occur for various reasons:
- Opiates might be combined with other unknown drugs
- The user may become impaired while using the drug and forget how much they have taken before injecting or taking a second dose
The likelihood of an overdose is just as high with synthetic opioids as prescription drugs. In fact, prescription pills (dilaudid, lortab, oxycontin, vicodin, codeine, and fentanyl) present the same risk as poppy-based varieties like heroin, opium, and morphine. The way in which someone takes an opiate – whether they ingest, snort, or inject the drug – is irrelevant: all methods of use present the same risk.
Over the past decade, drug overdose-related deaths have exceeded car accident fatalities.
Across the nation, the number of opioid and drug-related deaths continues to rise.
If you are worried you might have an opiate addiction, or concerned for a loved one, please call us before it is too late.