Heroin is a member of the opiate family of drug substances, and as such is one of the most potent and addictive drugs currently in existence.
One out of every four people who try heroin becomes hooked. Heroin’s grip is the strongest and is still ranked number one over all other drugs for its addictive qualities. Heroin even leads synthetic opiates in addictive properties.
Members of Narconon Arrowhead recently attended a symposium about the changing face of heroin addiction.
In June 2016, The Oklahoman reported that Oklahoma took the top spot in a list of states with a prescription painkiller abuse problem. In the long run, this problem could result in an influx of heroin into the state.
In the last several years, there's been a trend toward the reformulation of prescription opioids so as to prevent their abuse. While there might have been good intentions to prevent people from becoming addicted or overdosing by changing this formulation, that is not and will never be an effective solution.
A new report reveals that Oklahoma still tops the list of states with prescription drug abuse problems. According to the most recent national survey on drug abuse, a higher percentage of Oklahomans aged 12 and older abused prescription drugs — about 5% of the population —than in any other state.
National media have provided plenty of news coverage for the epidemic of heroin use in states like Ohio, Indiana, Massachusetts and Vermont, but the problems in Oklahoma have been largely overlooked.