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HEALTH DIVA: Heroin In Hollywood – Why So Popular?

By   |   February 19, 2014   |   Fitness

Resident Health Diva Dr. Janna Andrews explains the dangers of heroin addiction.

Crack is wack, but heroin…

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an apparent drug overdose, battled a heroin drug addiction over 20 years before, but last year relapsed with an addiction to prescription meds. Did this battle with prescription drugs serve as a gateway back to heroin?

Opiate use has skyrocketed within the past few years. In an attempt to stop the abuse of medications like Vicodin and Oxycontin, many users have turned to heroin because it’s cheaper and easier to get.

The impact that heroin addiction has had on Hollywood, at this time, appears to be understated. The recent passing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the passing of Glee star Corey Monteith last June may be a sign of things to come. Both stars reportedly died of apparent heroin overdoses.

Known as “Harry Jones” or “smack,” while not a social drug, heroin is cheap and extremely easy to get. Many experts are surprised that more celebrities have not overdosed on heroin. Stars like Angelina Jolie and Samuel Jackson have admitted to trying the drug. Russell Brand has been candid about his addiction. And no one can forget the other celebrities like River Phoenix and Chris Farley who were also claimed by heroin.

According to the CDC, accidental overdose has surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of death in people ages 25-64. In New York City, heroin overdoses between 2010-2012 increased by 84 percent.

For those addicts that have been clean but recurred, many overdose because they overestimate their tolerance to the drug. Heroin users that use alone are also at a higher risk of overdosing. Unfortunately the stigma of heroin addiction is also paralyzing any potential efforts to meet the problem head on.

Despite these losses and battles of addiction, there doesnΓÇÖt seem to be a big push to raise awareness about the drug, so it continues to prey. Hopefully this latest celebrity tragedy will be the catalyst to take action and make society fully aware of this drug’s deadly nature.

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