The opiate addiction epidemic is no stranger to the shores of South Florida. Every two hours in Broward, Palm Beach, or Miami-Dade at least one person suffers a potentially fatal overdose. Officials project by the end of 2016 800 people would have suffered from near-fatal overdoses from a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.
Flakka and bath salts are taking a backseat to heroin laced with fentanyl– which is prescribed to cancer patients to manage pain. Fentanyl is 50-100 times stronger than heroin. Law enforcement officials report Broward county is experiencing an unprecedented surge of overdose deaths. Officials are unable to stop the flow of the illicit drugs into the affected counties.
K-9 Officers Suffer Overdose Symptoms in Florida Drug House
During a raid of a suspected drug hovel in October three K-9 officers developed symptoms akin to someone experiencing overdose. Law enforcement officials suspect new heroin being introduced into Palm beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties are also laced with Carfentanil– a new synthetic opiate.
South Florida Overdose Deaths: By the Numbers
Broward County: 159 Deaths from Heroin or Synthetic Heroin (2015)
Palm Beach County: 300 Deaths; 93 deaths are linked to fentanyl (2015)
Palm Beach County (2016) : Overdose deaths are expected to exceed 400, mostly attributed to opiate addiction.
Miami-Dade County: 228 Fentanyl and Carfentanil Overdose Deaths (2016)
The Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Station has since been named the most inundated in the United States. During 2015 firefighters responded to an average of 90 emergency cases surrounding controlled substances. Cases totaled more than 33,000 emergencies.
How to Overcome Opiate Addiction
Opiate addiction is one of the most aggressive forms of substance use disorders, and cannot be triumphed over without addressing the underlying causes of use. It’s not enough to stop using heroin, one must silence the inner demons.
Drug and opiate addiction are the symptoms of a larger problem. They are not the problem. However, addiction to opiates more often than not result in fatal overdose– thereby necessitating an immediate need to rectify addiction to opiates (among other substances) before anything else.
The Necessity of Successful Opiate Detox
Adrift in the throes of addiction internal turmoil falls away to the immediacy of physical and psychological dependence on one’s drug of choice. The only way to safely overcome addiction is through an accredited rehabilitation center. During the three stages of rehabilitation detox (short for inpatient medical detoxification) patients are safely weaned from their drug of choice and remain in a controlled environment with nurses and doctors to monitor withdrawal symptoms.
Many addicts who attempt to go through withdrawal by themselves are not only exposed to potential medical complications which can be life threatening, but untreated withdrawal symptoms, some so painful many do not complete one full week of detox and return to their drug of choice. Drug rehab ensures people suffering with addiction are safe and complete initial detox treatment successfully.
Going to Rehabilitation with the Right Mindset
Rehabilitation centers are only as effective as your resolve to want to recover. During the first few weeks it’s normal for recovering addicts to resist treatment, but if true chance is to manifest you must accept the teachings of treatment. Beyond 12 step programs science-based treatment typically consists of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which combats the undertow of addiction– addressing insecurities, life traumas, and the reasons why you’ve turned to addictive substances to numb the pain of reality.
If you could overcome these demons on your own, you would have.
Consider rehabilitation as your lifeline to survival.
Because it only takes one time to fatally overdose.