Florida’s crackdown on prescription painkiller abuse has had an unfortunate side effect: addicts are turning to heroin more and more.
The move to heroin by addicts has had lethal consequences. According to Reuters, a 2014 report issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, reported deaths from heroin rose from 62 in 2011 to 117 in 2012 — an increase of 89 percent. In Miami-Dade County, deaths from heroin grew by 120 percent, from 15 in 2011 to 33 in 2012. “It’s the rapid escalation that’s disturbing. This is the mother of all addictions, related to so much destruction and so many serious consequences, particularly death, most of which are preventable. To declare it an epidemic is a public-health responsibility,” Nova Southeastern University epidemiologist James N. Hall told the Miami Herald.