I feel for the heroin addict, for the family, loved ones, children, and friends. From time to time, I hear addicts say, "I'm not hurting anyone, I'm just hurting myself".
It has been reported that the use of opiates in the United States has increased approximately 20%. Approximately 1 in 3 heroin addicts will experience overdose, and approximately 1% of those heroin overdoses will lead to death.
Approximately a third of intravenous addicts will contract HIV, Hepatitis B or C, due to risk factors such as sharing needles, and unsafe sex practice among users.
The use of opiates during pregnancy has also increased the chance of premature delivery, and the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
It has been reported that approximately 70% of prison inmates across the U.S. are in prison for drug or drug related charges. It has also been estimated that approximately 80% of prison inmates in the U.S. have had a history of substance abuse in the past.
It has been reported that approximately 40% will return back to prison due to drug or drug related violations.