A Grim Reminder of the Rising Heroin Problem

Whether or not Hoffman's death was related to the recent batch of fentanyl-laced heroin found in the Northeast is yet undetermined. Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine, and nearly two dozen deaths resulted from that batch of heroin recently in Pittsburgh alone. Reports said there were 50 bags of heroin in the apartment in New York where Hoffman was found with a needle in his arm.

Many people in the addiction treatmen field predicted this heavy increase in heroin use, yet it is only recently making headlines because of the number of overdose deaths. The tragic end of a beloved actor's life now serves as a call for other users to seek help before it's too late.

Other signs have included the State of the State address by the Governor of Vermont, and a special committee being appointed in the Massachusetts state legislature to review the treatment of heroin addiction in the state.

The main reason why this was predicted by drug rehab and treatment specialists is because of the previous surge in prescription painkiller abuse and addictions. For those who continue using opiate-based medications and become dependent on them, they continue to seek stronger versions, which often leads to heroin. This pattern seemed to be echoed by Philip Seymour Hoffman's own recent past when he went to a detox clinic following his use of heroin and prescription drugs in 2012.

If you have a friend or relative in need of treatment for heroin addiction or any other type of substance abuse, contact Decision Point Center today and speak with one of our counselors to learn more about getting help.