There’s been an increase in heroin overdose death rates in Delray Beach, Florida, according to a police report that went out this past June. It’s a local issue, but the matter is a concern that has reached both the state and nation at large.
Heroin Overdose Death Rates Rising
In Delray Beach, FL, there have already been a reported 26 heroin overdoses with 4 total deaths in 2015. 20 of these overdoses happened in May alone, including 3 of the deaths. Officials aren’t going public with the information to strike fear in society, but rather to indicate that heroin use has reached epidemic proportions in the city. The police want to educate the public and are adamant about motivating individuals in Delray to speak up if they have any information about people abusing or selling the drug. “It is an issue of public safety,” according to Chief Jeff Goldman of the Delray Beach Police Department.
Goldman claims the main issue officials are facing, is that drug users are contacting emergency officials when someone overdoses on heroin, but they are removing any traces of the drug’s presence before police arrive. This leaves officials unable to test the drugs to see what was in them that specifically caused the drug overdose.
“You are not doing the Police Department any good by cleaning up the evidence, by not talking to our law enforcement officers,” Goldman stated. “It takes the community to solve this issue.” If police officials are coming to the scene and these drugs are being cleaned up before they can get to them to confiscate the substances in order to test them as part of their investigation, then it’s only going to take longer to get to the bottom of their drug investigation.
Further cooperation from the public is necessary so that tackling the heroin problem can become a reality. Being able to properly address the heroin problem can only begin when members of the public are properly educated about heroin and willing to help.
Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Abuse
A person abusing heroin may appear sluggish due to the drug’s “downer” effects, which also makes the user numb to feeling physical pain. The user may also have irregular breathing, dry mouth, slurred speech, small pupils, odd behavior, appear disoriented, sleepy, and/or have track and/or burn marks on their body.
Noticing behavioral signs can be important when being on the lookout for someone who may be involved in abusing heroin. Someone is likely to be involved in heroin abuse if they are engaging in manipulative scheming, appear withdrawn, fail to make eye contact, oversleep, are inattentive, apathetic, and/or hostile.
Getting help for someone who is suffering from a heroin problem is crucial. The Watershed is a leading addiction treatment facility with a compassionate, understanding, and trained medical staff, equipped to care for patients in need of treatment for heroin abuse and addiction.
Heroin is a drug that the user can become mentally, emotionally, and physically dependent upon, which is why detox and inpatient rehabilitation can help in the earliest stages of reclaiming the individual’s life from the drug. If you or someone you know is struggling with a heroin problem, contact us now. Don’t stay stuck in a life devoted to heroin. Recovery is possible for anyone.Tags: heroin overdose, overdose deaths, overdose signs and symptoms