One sheriff says yes. According to an article at flaglerlive.com 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.