Heroin: Easier for your teen to score than beer

In this article about teen heroin use on SheKnows.com, Dr. Sack explains to parents that the ease and ability to get heroin is much higher than it has ever been before making it one of today’s “mainstream” drugs. Dr. Sack says this growing epidemic is something parents need to be aware of and education themselves about.  When asked to talk about the ways teens end up using heroin, Dr. Sack  says,”many people are getting their first exposure to opiates through prescription narcotic medications. They develop a sense of safety around these medications even though they are highly lethal and account for most of the increase in overdose deaths. Adding that of the steady increase in heroin addicts he has seen, in most cases the heroin addiction follows prescription drug addiction or abuse.”

Read the entire article on SheKnows.com.

As Heroin Deaths Spike, Families Deal with Grief on CBSNews.com

Dr. Sack was featured on CBSNews.com in an article titled, “As heroin deaths spike, families deal with grief.” In the article, Dr. Sack said that deaths linked to heroin have increased in the last five years and are steadily going up. Dr. Sack explained that prescription opiates have become more expensive, putting pressure on addicts to look for other solutions like heroin, which is cheaper and more potent. Additionally, Dr. Sack is quoted saying that, “there is an epidemic of prescription drug abuse that involves medications that are opiates, and heroin is sort of the king of opiates.” Read the entire article on CBSNews.com.

Dr. David Sack on CNN

CNN reached out to Promises Treatment Centers’ CEO Dr. David Sack recently to discuss opiate addiction and to shed light on the incidence of relapse among addicts who have completed treatment.

“Facilitators” who surround the highly affluent, those who travel in artistic circles, are the enemy of the addict, Dr. Sack told CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” newscast. And in fact, many artists “view drugs as part of the creative process, part of the lifestyle,” he said.

The High Risk of Relapse Leading to Accidental Overdose

In “The High Risk of Relapse Leading to Accidental Overdose” on thefix.com, Dr. Sack explains that, for addicts who relapse, overdose is an all too frequent occurrence. Dr. Sack says that it is this combination that proves fatal: “The greatest risk to a person who is in early treatment and who relapses is the threat of overdose because they have no tolerance but also they often have poor judgment in how much they should be using.” Read the entire article here.

Dr. Sack Talks to CBSNews.com About the Deadly Combination of Alcohol and Heroin

In an article titled, “Cory Monteith: How heroin and alcohol form deadly combo” Dr. David Sack discusses Cory Monteith’s heroin addiction and untimely death. In the article, Dr. Sack talks about the treatment for heroin addiction, the likelihood of relapse, and signs your loved one is abusing opioid drugs like heroin. Dr. Sack explains that, “Following treatment, people may also try to dive back into their old routines before they’re ready. For entertainers like Monteith, work schedules can fluctuate between periods that are very active and intense – sometimes with added sleep deprivation – to stretches of idleness and open time, which could be tough on recovering addicts.”  Read the entire article here.

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