Heroin use continues to skyrocket across the country, but the epidemic is much worse here in New Jersey. Over the past few years, the state has experienced record high rates of drug addiction and overdoses. This past year, more than 700 people have died from related overdoses in New Jersey. At least 128,000 people suffer from this illness that takes lives and leaves families heartbroken.

The Dangers of a Pesticide Found in Heroin on the Streets

As if New Jersey residents needed one more reason to fear heroin, there’s yet one more: Pesticide. Heroin seized in Middlesex County tested positive for Carbaryl. It is sold under the moniker, “Sevin,” and is a popular pesticide commonly found in home gardening and agricultural products. The Environmental Protection Agency has it listed a likely cancer-causing agent.

The substance can cause complications in addition to the inherent dangers of heroin use. Exposure to Carbaryl can adversely affect the respiratory and central nervous systems, which can cause involuntary convulsions and the loss of coordination. Other symptoms include nausea, stomach cramps, excessive salivation, sweating, blurred vision, and diarrhea. According to the Environmental Protection Agency high dosages can lead to coma and respiratory failure. Exposure not only occurs from ingestion, but also from skin contact and inhalation.

Naloxone is used to counteract the effects of a heroin overdose. Law enforcement officers, state troopers, and first responders are trained to carry and administer the drug to reverse an overdose that would likely be fatal. Naloxone has saved hundreds of lives and given many addicts a second chance. However, the drug will not counteract the effects of pesticide consumption.

According to State Police, the substance was found in three separate brands, labeled “Level 10” with an image of purple syringes, “Top Chef” with an image of two red butcher knives, and “Miracle” in red ink. With heroin, you are always risking your life. It is impossible to know what it is cut with…it’s a game of chance.

If you or someone you love is suffering from a heroin addiction, Discovery Institute is here to help you through the process of recovery. Addiction is a dangerous disease that too often goes untreated, with devastating consequences for the user and their loved ones. At Discovery, we want to help you get through recovery as well as possible. We are devoted to providing dedicated services to make your healing a success. Call us today at 800-714-2175 to begin taking the steps that will turn your life around.

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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