SAN DIEGO, April 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- offers new information about the opioid epidemic in Florida. Operation “Mi-Steak”, a 6 month investigation starting in June 2017 and ending in January 2018,  was indeed a mistake for the 42 arrested in drug bust sting of epic proportions.  Authorities seized 25 guns, 10 of which were taken from convicted felons. Officers also confiscated 50 grams of fentanyl, four grams of heroin, 220 grams of cocaine, nine grams of crack cocaine, one gram of Molly, 11.5 grams of crystal meth, 80 pounds of marijuana, 23 marijuana plants, 16 liquid ounces of THC oil, 1,000 milligrams of cannabis oil, 71 caplets of carfentanil, two vials of testosterone, 10 Xanax pills and various drug paraphernalia, according to  Taking this many drugs off the streets and quite a few dealers out of commission has resulted in a drop in overdoses.

Arresting the drug dealers and seizing the drugs will not solve the heroin and opioid epidemic that has resulted in thousands of deaths.  The sheriff’s office has a new strategy involving the actual drug addicts.  By teaming detectives with the first responders to drug related calls, they have been able to get valuable information.  The detectives question the overdose victim about who they bought their drugs from.  They find out where the drug deals take place.  They get information that lead them right to the drug dealer and hopefully the supplier as well.  As we are hearing over and over again, in every city, one of the main factors involved in the heroin overdose increase is fentanyl.  Fentanyl is 30-50 times more potent than heroin.  For the dealer, that means a quicker addiction leading to more money in their pocket.  For the addict, that means russian roulette every time they use because they have no idea how much fentanyl is in their usual dose.  

Another part of the war on drugs is Narcan, the overdose reversal drug that blocks the brain's receptors to opioids.   St. Lucie County deputies are now equipped with Narcan.  Often they are first on the scene and can administer the drug before EMS arrives.  Anyone who responds to an overdose call needs to have Narcan with them, along with the training to administer it properly. Once the overdose is under control and medical needs have been administered, the detectives can get to work on gathering information.  They are also extending the questioning process to family and friends.  Finding the source, finding the person or persons responsible for bringing the drugs in. 

They are finding that many of the overdose victims have overdosed before.  They know someone who died from an overdose, usually fentanyl or carfentanil laced heroin.  They know the dangers but they can’t just decide to stop one day.  It is dangerous and sometimes deadly to detox without the proper medication and monitoring by a professional.  Heroin rehab treatment centers are staffed with professionals that know the proper procedure for the detoxing.  They also staff the psychologists to help find the trigger of why they started using in the first place.  Group and individual therapy, family and couples behavioral therapy, support program for post rehab, and many other tools are given to the addict.  Staying accountable and staying plugged in, helping and serving others, giving back and being with others in sobriety are all things that will keep a relapse from happening.  Heroin is especially dangerous to a relapse on because the body builds up a strong immunity to the drug when used so if it has been awhile since the last use, an overdose is very easy to do. 

Author: William Leonard
Heroin Detox Clinics
27420 Jefferson Ave, Temecula, CA 92590
Phone: 888-325-2454

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