“So when you do that, obviously people who have been using these drugs, have to look for an alternative. And one of the alternatives is going to another opiate, which would be heroin.”
~DEA supervisory Special Agent Tom Lennox, speaking about the crackdown on prescription drug abuse
The good news is that the number of prescription painkiller overdose deaths in San Diego County are going down. The bad news is heroin deaths are spiking, according to the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force:
- For at least the fifth year in a row, the number of people entering drug treatment for heroin increased, from 4% in 2010 to 27.7% in 2014.
- Heroin seizures in San Diego County have exploded from 3 kg in 2013 to 184 kg in 2014.
- 2013-2014 fatal heroin doses in San Diego County rose by 22%.
- 2010-2014, they increased by 34%.
- Heroin is involved in 17% of all fatal overdoses in San Diego County.
- Roughly one out of every eight arrestees in the County test positive for heroin.
- In 2011, it was only one out of every 11.
- Of those, 27% said they abused prescription opioids before switching to heroin.
- 63% said heroin was cheaper and easier to get.
What does all of this mean?
The increased flow of heroin into San Diego county of cheap and easy-to-obtain heroin means more people becoming addicted to this dangerous drug—maybe even someone you know and care about. Maybe even YOU.
If you or someone in your family is addicted to heroin or any other opioids, contact Lasting Recovery today. Lasting Recovery in San Diego offers half and full day recovery programs and evidence-based, medication-assisted treatment.