Prescription Drugs:
A Gateway

Bridge in Delaware

As many states crack down on prescription drug abuse, heroin is becoming a much bigger problem. The phenomenon has become evident in Delaware as changes in laws and prescribing practices take pills out of circulation. Many of those who were obtaining and abusing pills are now turning to heroin. Price is a factor: a pain pill sold on the streets can cost $40 to $80, depending on the dosage. A bag of heroin can be as little as $5.

Many people get started on the road to addiction by taking painkillers for an injury or after surgery. They aren’t warned that these drugs can be just as addictive as heroin. A person who can’t quit using painkillers without going through withdrawal may just be dependent – but a person who doesn’t feel like he can face life without his pills is addicted. Either one of these people could make the mistake of switching over to heroin.

Experts say opioids can be the gateway drug to other addictive drugs such as heroin, but there are few public facilities in Delaware that specialize in opioid treatment and detox.

Withdrawal from either heroin or prescription painkillers can be treacherous and intensely uncomfortable. It’s best to have around-the-clock support as these drugs leave the body. The Narconon program has unique tools to help a person through a remarkably tolerable withdrawal. Nutritional support and one-on-one work with the staff provide an experience that many people say is the most comfortable withdrawal they have ever been through.

We would like to lend a helping hand to the people of Delaware to help reduce addiction rates and return citizens to productive, enjoyable lives. Please call us for help finding a rehabilitation center.

Signs of Heroin Abuse:

Candle and heroin spoon
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Needle marks on arms and legs
  • Neglect of personal hygiene
  • Ignoring responsibilities
  • Runny or itchy nose
  • Rapid loss or gain in weight
  • Mood swings and irrational reactions