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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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