Clinics see spike in heroin addiction
s no secret that the use of heroin has been on the rise for many years.
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.
acobucci's life was saved after that boy called 911 and emergency crews brought him back to life.
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 ."
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.
Harbor Hall say that since 2006 the number of heroin cases have gone up dramatically.
hey say this spike may be due to recent regulations placed on prescription drugs
ost of which are opi
s that have the similar chemical effects as heroin.
e have noticed that is why people are perhaps getting back into the heroin use
due to the crackdown on prescription medications
," McGinn said.
ut for people with addict
, 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.
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.
ou never know what it can do