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Heroin Addiction Treatment In Ohio

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Heroin addiction is a major problem throughout the country and the world, but it is also an issue right here in our own backyard. The problem has been increasing over the past 8 years, with many people getting hooked on heroin and overdosing on it, leaving families to wonder what they did wrong or how they can keep others from using.

There is treatment available for heroin addiction, and The Ridge in Milford, Ohio is equipped to help individuals both detox from this substance and learn skills to remain sober after rehab.

The Heroin Epidemic in Ohio

Heroin has been around for more than a hundred years, but it hasn’t always been abused the way it is today. It started out as a pain medication and cough medicine that was prescribed by doctors. Once it became evident how addictive heroin was, it was banned under the Heroin Act of 1924.

Over the next several decades, heroin use and addiction fluctuated, with the highest number of heroin addicts being between 1965 and 1970 when there were an estimated 750,000 heroin addicts in the United States. Those numbers again decreased until the turn of the century, when prescription painkiller addiction rose to epidemic levels and prevention and education campaigns caused a crackdown on prescription opiate abuse. With heroin being easy to obtain as a substitute for prescription painkillers, the popularity of this drug once again increased, this time exponentially.

Heroin use and abuse today:

Statistics of Heroin Use in Ohio

Ohio has been hit especially hard by heroin addiction. Numbers of those addicted to heroin and overdoses from this drug have increased since 2010. State officials say the location of the state contributes to the epidemic. With Interstates 70 and 75 running through Ohio as they transverse the country, these highways have become major heroin routes. Mexican drug cartels ship the drug to Ohio and from there circulate it throughout the country.

Ohio heroin statistics:

  • The CDC ranks Ohio among the top 5 across the United States in terms of the number of residents per 100,000 suffering from various drug or alcohol addiction.
  • One in 14 of all opioid overdose deaths and one in 9 of all heroin-related deaths in the U.S. occurred in Ohio. (CDC)
  • Between 2014 and 2015, Ohio saw a 21.5% increase in drug overdose deaths. (CDC)
  • In 2014, 75% of deaths investigated by the Butler County Coroner were heroin-related. (Let’s Face Heroin)
  • In 2015 there were 149 total overdose heroin deaths in Butler County. Today that number has grown more than 500% in three years. (Let’s Face Heroin)

Treatment for Heroin Addiction in Ohio

Ohio has its very own premier treatment facility that specializes in helping individuals who are addicted to heroin. The Ridge is located in Milford, Ohio, just a short distance from Cincinnati. Our experienced staff of physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, addictionologists, and therapists use proven techniques to help individuals deal with their past and develop sober living skills for their future. We offer medically assisted detox that utilizes the medication Suboxone to eliminate withdrawal symptoms. Our 30-day residential treatment program and relapse prevention program provide the basis for lifelong sobriety.

Do you have a loved one who is addicted to heroin?

See our comprehensive family guide: Helping a Loved One or Family Member with Addiction