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Anchorage, Alaska Is Suffering From A Heroin Epidemic

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Friday, 12 October 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Heroin

Heroin Addiction

According to the Anchorage Press, the city of Anchorage, Alaska is experiencing a noticeable increase in the number of its residents that suffer from heroin addiction.

An article in the Anchorage Press, titled Overdosed and Overrun: Alaska heroin epidemic, informed readers of the sad fact that Anchorage police officers are making more drug-related arrests and conducting more drug-related seizures involving the very illicit drug heroin.

Recent statistics from the state of Alaska reveal that the state's Center for Drug Problems show that the number of patients being served at Anchorage’s substance clinic has increased from 78 to 108.

What is equally disconcerting or perhaps more troubling is the sad fact that the budget provided to the city of Anchorage by the state of Alaska is meant to serve only 100 patients. That means that the clinic underfunded, despite the fact that the client cannot turn away a pregnant patient.

Furthermore, the clinic also discovered that most of the new patients are seeking treatment concerning heroin addiction.

What is not surprising is the many of those patients turned to heroin after previously abusing prescription opiates, otherwise known as painkillers. Many find it much easier to obtain heroin on the black market (the streets), particularly in Anchorage where heroin addiction is being billed as an epidemic.

Heroin is apparently very cheap and is available in abundance in Anchorage, not to mention everywhere across the nation.

In Anchorage alone, statistics show that 71 people died of heroin overdoses between 2008 and 2009.

In fact, the Anchorage Press reveals that many people use it as an alternative to the much more expensive, not to mention more efficient Oxycontin or Oxycodone, both opiates.

Heroin use is exclusive to no community, race or social standing. Perhaps that is why the drug is so vastly used, and usage is increasing by day.


If you or someone that you love is struggling with heroin addiction, alcoholism or other drug addiction, please call or text us now. We want to help you.

Original Article URL: anchoragepress.com

Photo Courtesy of: heroin.org

About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and Recoverynowtv.com, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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