In recent times, many celebrities and public figures have come out in the open revealing about their struggle with mental illness or drug addiction. These revelations were primarily intended to create awareness about the harms of substance abuse and educate the masses on the possibilities of complete recovery from addiction with the help of proper medical intervention. Their stories act as a catalyst for their fans who feel motivated to either quit drugs if they are used to it or never to try to stay away from addiction.
Contrary to the trend, Marco Pierre White Jr. confessed recently to taking “pharmaceutical heroin” in a rambling video posted on Instagram. In this case, sharing the video with his followers was purportedly not intended to reveal his struggle with drugs or efforts to seek recovery. Instead, the video contains controversial elements as the Celebrity Big Brother star not only admits taking pharmaceutical heroin but also gets indulged in a sordid chat with his followers.
“Yeah, I’m on pharmaceutical heroin. That is some mad sh*t. And it goes on, yeah,” says Marco Jr. in the video. Interestingly, the video comes less than a year after the son of British celebrity chef Marco Pierre White said he had gone cold turkey.
Besides his father’s popularity, Marco Jr. gained fame for his tattoos that covers every inch of his body. This is not the first time when he has been associated with drug addiction. His father was forced to blow £250,000 on a binge in Ibiza when he was just 16 to support him in his battle with drinks and drugs. The recent video is expected to pull the rug from under Marco Senior’s feet.
Heroin addiction in US
America has been in the grip of an opioids and heroin epidemic for decades. With the authorities getting strict about opioid misuse, heroin fills in as a cheaper and rather easily available option as a street drug. In spite of numerous measures, the rate of heroin addiction in the country continues to grow.
According to a study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, the heroin use in the U.S. has increased almost fivefold in a decade. As per the researchers, the increase is seen across all social groups, ages and sexes. “There are more people in the U.S. using heroin, there are more people that meet criteria for heroin addiction, and we are seeing increases in all different social strata, in different age groups, in both sexes,” said Silvia Martins, lead author of the study.
Heroin is a highly addictive opioid that is illegal in the U.S. Despite its health hazards, the factors such as easy availability, affordability, curiosity and misguidance lure people to abuse the drug. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 475,000 people aged 12 or older were current heroin users in the year.
Fight against addiction
The efforts made by authorities to curb the prevalence of addiction would show positive results only when every individual decides to contribute to it. Staying away from drugs will be a big step toward making a sober society. Also, seeking professional treatment if suffering from an addiction is equally important.
The recovery from addiction begins with proper detoxification. If you or your loved is suffering from addiction to heroin or any other substance, contact the Florida Detox Helpline that provides credible information on detox centers in Florida. You can call at our 24/7 helpline number (855) 920-9869 or chat online with one of our experts to get in touch with the best detox center in Florida.