Many individuals struggle with opiate addiction, and the availability of heroin is making it difficult for them to kick the habit. Salem, Oregon, is one example of a city that is finding it hard to control the rate of opiate addiction among residents, according to Salem Weekly.
George, a 26-year-old former heroin user who asked for his last name to be withheld, told the news source that the sensation that comes with injecting the drug is a part of the addiction. He claimed that the head rush happens after just 30 seconds following the heroin entering the blood stream.
George is one of many former users who enjoyed the rush of using the substance. The National Drug Intelligence Center has found Salem to be one of the biggest regional distribution points for heroin and methamphetamine. Individuals, similar to George, are finding it easier to get their hands on the drugs and become addicted.
Drug addiction costs the U.S. more than $484 billion every year, according to the Department of Justice. Drug rehab programs can help addicts get clean, but part of controlling the problem is preventing the illicit substances from reaching the streets.