Utah Emergency Rooms See Increased Heroin Overdoses

Drug addiction costs the U.S. nearly $484 billion every year, according to Drug Addiction Support, a statistics site. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals suffering from a dependency to drugs, but some substances are harder to recover from than others.

Recently, Utah has seen a spike in heroin usage as more individuals look for a new way to get high, according to The Spectrum. Emergency room doctor Brett Christiansen told the news source that the Dixie Regional Medical Center is just one example of a facility that has seen an increase in the number of heroin cases it receives. Between October 2005 and 2010, more than 50 emergency room visits were linked to the drug.

Christiansen told the news source that individuals who overdose on heroin typically suffer from respiratory depression. With this condition, the body forgets to breathe, which can lead to death if a person does not receive immediate medical attention.

More than 3.8 million Americans say they have tried heroin in their lifetime, according to Heroin Abuse, a statistics site. As forms of the drug become more potent with additives, such as drain cleaner and baby powder, more individuals are struggling to detoxify. Rehabilitation facilities can help addicts come clean and make healthier life choices.