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Clinics see spike in heroin addiction

I t ' s no secret that the use of heroin has been on the rise for many years , northern Michigan rehab clinics deal with hundreds of addicts each year.


I

t

'

s no secret that the use of heroin has been on the rise for many years.


Northern Michigan

rehab clinics deal with hundreds of addicts each year.


"

I was found dead in a part due to an overdose in Detroit and a seven-year-old boy found my body

," Nicholas Yacobucci, recovering heroin addict said.


Y

acobucci's life was saved after that boy called 911 and emergency crews brought him back to life.


D

ays after this scare

,

he admitted himself into the
Harbor Hall Rehabilitation Clinic in Petoskey for a heroin addiction. "It wasn't the first time that I overdosed either," Yacobucci said. "I'm only 21 and it would be a shame for me to die now when I have so many years ahead of me ."


His

story is similar to many others who admit themselves into clinics around the region.


"

Right around 20% of those coming in are going to have opiate or prescription medication as a primary substance

," Pat McGinn, Harbor Hall Director of Clinical Operations said.


C

ounselors at
Harbor Hall say that since 2006 the number of heroin cases have gone up dramatically.


T

hey say this spike may be due to recent regulations placed on prescription drugs

.



M

ost of which are opi

a

t

e

s that have the similar chemical effects as heroin.


"W

e have noticed that is why people are perhaps getting back into the heroin use

,

due to the crackdown on prescription medications

," McGinn said.


B

ut for people with addict

i

ons

, counselors say its best to get them treated quickly.


"

The longer a person is addicted to heroin or other opiates

,

the harder it is for them to come off of it

," McGinn said.


Y

acobucci is going on his third week
of sobriety here at the clinic and so far its been a successful experience that he would recommend to any one with a problem.


"

If you're struggling with addiction



just get to a meeting and talk to somebody

," Yacobucci said.



"Y

ou never know what it can do

."

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