America has found itself dealing with a nationwide problem that is being felt from Florida to Washington and California to right here in New Jersey. There is an epidemic of opiate addiction that is plaguing this country in a horrible way. Opiates include prescription painkillers and heroin. It has caused a skyrocket in deaths and the issue can be traced back to a pharmaceutical culprit.


Chronic Painkillers

There are people that deal with chronic pain issues and they were prescribed pain medications like fentanyl and oxycodone in order to deal with the pain. When the doctors prescribed these medications, there were no long-term studies that were done to understand the lasting effects. No one realized the addictive qualities that it would result in their use. People ended up with an addiction. Then they would be taken off the pills and they would still have that addiction.


When the Prescription Ends

Once they were not being prescribed it anymore, they would go out and buy them on the street in order to feed their addiction and keep from getting “sick” from the withdrawal symptoms. After a while, these prescription pills would become too expensive for the person to continue buying and they would seek out other options to feed their habit. That other, cheaper, more dangerous option was heroin. Heroin produces the same effects for at least half the cost.

So what started with a genuine problem can end up with someone becoming a heroin addict. Heroin is one of the most dangerous street drugs in the world. It is the main cause of illicit substance overdose deaths in the United States today. The scary part of all of this is that it all started with people who had a genuine problem and sought help from their doctor, and their doctor gave them something that caused them to develop an addiction that’s ultimately more dangerous than the cause of their original pain.

Nevertheless, ending that addiction is entirely possible with help from the right people – people like those we have at Discovery. For addiction treatment in NJ, call us today at 844-478-6563.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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