Heroin Addiction and Its Deadly Consequences – It’s not just Celebrities

By Bill Nee, Senior VP Marketing and Sales uVera Diagnostics


Heroin addiction has nearly become an epidemic in the United States.

According to (SAMHSA) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, heroin use has been on the rise since 2007. The number of heroin users has nearly doubled from 373,000 in 2007 to 669,000 in 2012. Users have spread from concentrated urban areas into the suburbs. It should be no surprise then, when considering the increase in users, that the number of heroin overdoses has nearly doubled as well.

Heroin Overdose Philip Seymore Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman

Recently in the news, due to the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, statistics of heroin use and overdoses have come to the forefront of American media. Hoffman was found dead at the beginning of February with a needle sticking out of his left arm and 5 empty heroin bags. In addition to the empty bags, there were 65 unused heroin bags found in his Greenwich Village apartment. His cause of death was heroin overdose.

In New York City heroin deaths have risen 84% from 2010 to 2012, according to a report released in 2013 from the New York City Health Department. Statistically speaking, at least one person dies a day in New York City from a heroin overdose.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a heroin user that had been clean for over a decade. Then he relapsed in 2012. Philip Seymour Hoffman had checked himself into a rehab facility in May. It is speculated that after his long escape from the extremely addictive drug, his body simply didn’t have the tolerance for heroin that it used to. Therefore, as he was injecting the same amount of the drug he was previously accustomed to, he overdosed.

Hoffman’s heroin, though, wasn’t found to be laced with the deadly combinations that have been plaguing the country and causing a rise in heroin-related deaths. Recently in the northeast, heroin, laced with fentanyl has multiplied the death tolls. If it isn’t enough that heroin itself can be deadly, heroin is often combined with deadly additives.


Heroin Addiction and Overdose

Heroin Addiction and Its Deadly Consequences – It’s not just Celebrities

Heroin is “the comeback kid.” Heroin’s resurgence in the United States has been devastating. According to an article by Time, there are two reasons for heroin’s momentum. One is the cheaper supply of the drug that is imported by Latin American cartels, and the second is the bigger market for prescription opiate painkillers such as Vicodin and Percocet. It has been found that those people who abuse opiate painkillers are far more likely to use heroin.

Heroin addiction never truly goes away. It can only be dealt with through treatment and support. Perhaps that is another reason it is aptly referred to as “the comeback kid.” According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 40 to 60 percent of drug addicts in recovery will relapse. With heroin specifically, the relapse rate is more like 80 percent. Addiction is such a complex disease. It is hard to know why people relapse, but relapse is often tied to life changing events whether negative or positive.


Other celebrities that have died from Heroin overdose include:

  • Cory Monteith: Actor (Glee) and singer. Toxic mix of heroin and alcohol. 2013 at the age of 31.
  • Kurt Cobain: American singer-songwriter and musician (Nirvana). Gunshot wound to head; heroin and diazepam found in body (suicide). 1994 died at the age of 27.
  • River Phoenix: American actor. Heroin and cocaine overdose. 1993 dies at the age of 23.


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If you know someone who may be using heroin or may be relapsing, you can get help. Someone who is relapsing is far more susceptible to a heroin overdose. uVera Diagnostics provides drug test kits that you can purchase online to confirm drug use.

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Heroin Addiction and Overdose


To learn more about Heroin, the danger and side effects, go to our page about Heroin.


uVera Diagnostics is a drug testing company that provides drug test kits online. These at-home drug tests can be shipped directly to you in a discreet box. Drug testing is available for both individuals and companies and can be ordered as a single order or in bulk.


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Posted by Bill Nee, Senior VP Marketing and Sales uVera Diagnostics and Co-designer and Developer of the CR3 split-sample drug test cup. Bill has 25 years in sales management and marketing and is a 10 year veteran of the drug testing industry. As a parent and co-worker, Bill’s energy is focused on drug testing on every level. Addiction is all around us in alcohol, prescriptions and street drugs, and that is a constant reminder a drug free society starts with each and every one of us.


For more information on drug testing, click here or call 1-866-242-5930.


This information is meant for awareness and education purposes only. Any medical or life saving advice should come from experts.

Sources: nation.time.com/2014/02/04/heroin-gains-popularity-as-cheap-doses-flood-the-u-s/; abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/philip-seymour-hoffman-70-bags-heroin-police/story?id=22342702; tmz.com/2014/02/02/phillip-seymour-hoffman-dead-apparent-overdose/; cnn.com/2014/02/06/us/heroin-investigations/; nydailynews.com/life-style/health/drug-relapse-happen-decades-sobriety-article-1.1600544; drugs.com/celebrity_deaths.html

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