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~ 4 Ways to Help Fight the Opiod Epidemic ~
 
In recent years, Heroin and Opioid Rx pills have become some of the world’s deadliest drugs with people dying everyday due to overdose. There has been a rapid rise in the number of overdoses in the last two years. Thousands of people are losing their lives each year due to using these drugs.

Law enforcement is doing a great job of fighting back, but it has become an epidemic that is so large, it is almost impossible for them to keep up. They have worked diligently to stop drug traffickers from bringing heroin into the country and to stop physicians from prescribing opioids to anyone and everyone complaining of pain. However, this has only been able to reduce the flow of heroin and opioid medications being prescribed. There is also a focus on locking up dealers to get the drugs off the street. With such an epidemic, though, it is impossible to stop every trafficker and every drug dealer.

Due to law enforcement budgets, there are only so many officers available. They can’t be everywhere all the time. They can’t see everything that is happening. Despite how hard law enforcement works, they simply cannot do it alone. This is why the you have to get involved. You may not feel like you can do anything to help fight this epidemic, but you are wrong. There are four things you can do:

 

~ Know the Signs of Use ~

The first thing you should do is become more familiar with the street drug heroin and Rx opioids and know how they affect people. Heroin and Rx opioid medications are related to morphine. They produce a feel good effect. They also make users feel very relaxed. Many times people start using heroin after becoming addicted to pain medications. Heroin is cheaper and easier to get because pain pills are only available through a prescription and are somewhat regulated. Heroin produces almost the same effects as Rx opioid pills.

There are many ways you can tell if someone is using heroin or pain pills. One way to do that is to look for paraphernalia. You might find spoons that have been burnt, tiny baggies and tan or white residue. Residue found may also be dark in color. You may also find glass pipes, syringes, and rubber tubing.

 

It also helps to monitor the person and how they are acting. They may have pupils that are small or look tired all the time. They may even fall asleep at random times. Breathing and other functions may be slow, their nose may run and they may look flushed. You may notice someone starts wearing long sleeves all the time or just stops grooming altogether. They may have slurred speech and stop eating. In addition, they may often scratch all over their body.

 

~ Support Local Law Enforcement ~

It is also important that you do everything you can to support your local law enforcement. You should report anything you know so they can take action to remove drug dealers and unscrupulous physicians from your community. Most agencies have anonymous tip lines that allow you to call in  leads without having to worry about anyone finding out. You should also respect law enforcement and show your support for them to help them to keep fighting against this drug.
 
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~ Be an Advocate ~

There is no one solution to solving the drug epidemic in our country, but you can act as a Sobriety Nation advocate for those who are caught within its grip. You can also join local organizations that are working to help heroin and opioid addicts. You may find religious or community organizations. By becoming part of these groups, you can do your part to help our nation's drug epidemic. You need to join us as a Sobriety Nation ambassador,  today, by becoming a donor for only $29 each month!
 
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~ Encourage Those Addicted to Seek Help ~

No matter what else you do, you should always work towards helping those you know get help if they are showing signs of possible addiction. Always encourage them to quit using and remind them that a life without drugs is of much better quality and offer them help on how to get in-patient treatment at no cost. Click the image below to see treatment options.