Any information contained in this letter is not intended as medical advice, but simply to
alert families to the existence of alternatives to opioids and that any such choices should be
discussed with their physicians.
In 2014 nearly 2500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdoses, many from opiate-based drugs. I
am sure many of you know of people that have died in your area due to an overdose.
Unfortunately, many have kept silent due to the social stigma, but that has only fueled an
increase in deaths. Heroin does not discriminate among race, ethnicity, gender, nor socioeconomic
status. If you have chance, please watch this episode from CBS’s 60 Minutes, which
originally aired in October, 2015.
An increasing number of heroin overdoses are being experienced by young adults that have
become addicted to opiate-based pharmaceuticals prescribed to them due to school sports injuries
or common accidents. Oxycotin, Demerol, and Percoset, and many other opiate-based pain
killers, can become highly addictive after an extended period of use. A person that is addicted
could purchase Oxycotin on the black market for $80 a pill. Due to that expense, many switch to
heroin, which is now only $5 per small bag. However, heroin transforms the brain to want this
stimulus in ever increasing quantities. No one can just experiment with heroin, once you use
it you are hooked, and in most cases, heroin will lead to death from overdose.
While we can not totally eradicate the drug problem, we can diminish its effects on society
through education. That is the point of this letter. When your child is injured, you do not have
to simply accept what the doctor is prescribing for pain. Click here to see a list of opiate-based drugs, and alternative non-addictive pain killers that can be prescribed instead. Please be aware of your options and ask your doctor or pharmacist these critical questions to save your child from the
potential for addiction.
Heroin overdoses have increased by over 400% in the last few years. By following this advice, we may finally start witnessing a decrease in opiate addiction, along with overdoses caused by addicts switching to the cheaper fix of heroin. Thank you for yourconsideration.
If you have any additional questions:
Drug and Alcohol hotline 877-993-4357
Drug and Alcohol hotline 800-338-6467