The Role of Prescription Opioids in Heroin Addiction
At our Colorado heroin addiction treatment center, many patients arrive having developed a heroin addiction after inadvertently becoming addicted to prescription opioids.
Individuals given a prescription opioid painkiller are 19 times more likely to eventually use heroin.
When an individual develops a dependency on opioids, once their prescription runs out or they can’t obtain another, they turn to heroin to fill the void.
Although illegal, heroin is much cheaper and easier to acquire than prescription opioids. Unfortunately, heroin’s potency far exceeds that of other opioids.
Thus, when an individual begins using heroin, their dependency deepens, and it becomes even more difficult to break the addiction.