Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in Arizona

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in Arizona

Addiction, Heroin Addiction, Opiates
The United States as a whole is facing a health crisis of epic proportions. More and more Americans are becoming addicted to - and dying from - opioids. Not one American state goes unscathed. Arizona, in particular, has slowly taken a big hit over the last decade. The opioid epidemic in Arizona now claims the lives of two people each day. The state has begun to collect data regarding opioid abuse. And recently, Blue Cross Blue Shield invested $10 million to reduce opiate misuse. But despite the efforts, many Arizonans are still misinformed about the state-wide epidemic. To help, we'll explore everything about Arizona's opioid crisis in this article. Let's begin! When Did the Opioid Epidemic Begin? The opiate epidemic is a recent phenomenon that has slowly been in the works…
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The Heroin Effect Of The Mind & Body

The Heroin Effect Of The Mind & Body

Addiction, Heroin Addiction, Opiates
Heroin Use Today Heroin is an opioid, first synthesized and sold in the late 1800’s. Like other opioids, heroin has a calming affect on the body, used as an antidepressant and a painkiller. Opioids have been used for centuries to provide relief from pain beginning in Egypt before making their way to Europe and India. Derived from opium poppy sap, opioids can be found in the form of powder, tablets, pills, syrups and capsules. Heroin is typically sold in a powder that is most commonly injected, but can also be snorted smoked or sniffed. It is one of the most addictive substances on the market, which is why it is the most deadly. It has become one of the most widely used drugs amongst users worldwide with statistics rising everyday.…
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