Overdose in Seattle

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Picture this: In a seedy motel room, a young man is lying on the floor. His breathing slows and finally stops. No one is around to call for help. His search for relief from withdrawal sickness ends in the cold embrace of death. Hours later, paramedics or a loved one break in only to discover it is too late. 

This scene is becoming increasingly common as the abuse of heroin and painkillers increases.

Experts report that when admissions to facilities for drug treatment are looked at, heroin was the most common drug for 18- to 29-year-olds in 2012.

This is a growing problem across the United States. Washington struggles with severely high levels of heroin use and overdoses. In the past few years, the problem has become worse — 607 individuals passed away from overdose between 2009 and 2011.

The first step to combating drug addiction is to become educated on the subject. Please call us today for free drug educational materials on the signs of drug abuse for all drugs to learn to safeguard your friends and family. Below, you’ll find a list of the signs of heroin use to give you a jumpstart on what to look out for if you are worried that a loved one is using drugs. In the event they are, call us so we may assist you in finding a treatment center.

Signs of Heroin Abuse:

  • Sleepiness, nodding off uncontrollably
  • Needle marks or sores, especially on arms or legs
  • Unhealthy, especially staph infections
  • Runny or itchy nose
  • Disorientation, confusion
  • Sudden changes in moods or emotions
  • Money problems, missing items of value
  • Dropping responsibilities
  • Argumentative and confrontational
  • Decline in personal appearance 
  • Loss of appetite and weight