Wait for Federally Funded Rehab Increases for People Addicted to Heroin

By Join Together Staff, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

The wait for federally funded rehab is increasing as the number of people addicted to heroin grows, NBC News reports.

The wait can be as long as 18 months in Maine. People in Florida are waiting an average of one month for addiction treatment. A study published in 2012 in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse found only 11 percent of people with substance use disorders received help from treatment centers, the article notes.

Heroin abuse is rising across the United States, according to a goverment report released in July.  The report found the strongest risk factor for a heroin use disorder is a prescription opioid use disorder. People addicted to opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to abuse or be dependent on heroin.

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