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Will Florida’s Crackdown on Pill-Mills Cause a Rise in Heroin Use?

Written by Eliza Player on Monday, 02 April 2012. Posted in Heroin, Prescription Drugs

Will Florida’s Crackdown on Pill-Mills Cause a Rise in Heroin Use?

One sheriff says yes. According to an article at Flagler County Sheriff, Don Fleming, warns that the pill-mill crackdown in Florida will lead to a rise in heroin cases. Three heroin arrests were made in Fleming’s county in several days, which is a large number in this area. ABC News reported that since 2007, heroin use has “nearly doubled,” and nearly 50% of those users are under the age of 26.

When the crackdown on Florida’s pill mills first began, narcotics officers did not notice a spike in heroin arrests. But as time pressed on, the prescription drugs on the streets became more expensive and scarce.

As an addict in recovery, I have to admit that I think Flagler County Sheriff has a good point. Once you are addicted to opiates, you will do what you have to get your fix. Many of these people addicted to the pain pills will most likely turn to heroin. I know I would have. The heroin “epidemic” is often cited to be sparked first with prescription drug abuse. Addicts turn to heroin because it is cheaper and often easier to obtain. I think that the crackdown on pill-mills will make pain pills more scarce, forcing the price to go up, and it will, in turn, make heroin become more attractive to addicts.

About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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