It might seem odd that the only solution medical experts can come up with to curb the opioid crisis is for doctors to prescribe heroin. However, this is exactly what’s happening.
According to BuzzFeed News, a report has surfaced which suggests US cities utilize prescription heroin as a treatment to help treat drug addiction where most other approaches have failed. This report is a shocker considering the current levels of opioid-related morbidity and mortality in the U.S. — over 47,000 opioid-involved overdose deaths, according to the Rand Corporation.
“One in eight adults now reports having had a family member or close friend die from opioids,” according to a statement from a study taken by the Rand Corp.
“Increasing the availability and reducing the costs of approved medications for those with an opioid use disorder is imperative; however, jurisdictions addressing the disorder and overdose may wish to consider additional interventions,” the study continues.
Most would argue that suggesting more drugs to curb drug usage is insane and unreasonable. How can one quit drugs once and for all if they are still using them to assist with the curbing of their drug habit? This is currently the argument that is being raised with this new finding of using heroin to assist with the current opioid crises.
Trump declared the opioid crisis in the U.S. to be a national public health emergency. More than 70,000 people died last year in the United States from drug overdose, and roughly half of those deaths involved heroin. With heroin being one of the main contributors to the problem, one can only wonder if it can also serve as a part of the solution. The experts seem to believe that it can.
A U.S. heroin-assisted treatment also referred to as a supervised injectable heroin treatment, is suggested for individuals struggling with drug addiction. Medical experts suggest that these treatments be provided in small doses at overdoes prevention sites.
They feel that the severity of the opioid crisis has led to extreme measures that can be evaluated and controlled to help save lives. These types of crisis centers currently exist in places like Europe and Canada. Although the experts believe that this is the best method of fighting the current issue of drug overdose, they are still uncertain as to whether this will be seriously considered as a treatment in America.