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Heroin overdose in Thousand Oaks leads to 3 arrests

Published On: 10-05-2017 in Category: Drug Abuse, Heroin

After an investigation conducted by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit, authorities recently arrested three people on drug trafficking charges. While 30-year-old Kirsten Otto of Oak View was arrested on charges of heroin distribution, further investigation led to the arrest of 31-year-old Robert Cortez and 47-year-old Mitchell Joyce, both residents of Ventura County.

In July 2017, deputies transported a heroin overdose victim in Thousand Oaks to the Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center for urgent resuscitation as the victim had consumed the drug distributed by Otto.

Heroin is wreaking havoc in America

According to the most recent government data released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the number of heroin users jumped by 135 percent from 404,000 in 2002 to 948,000 in 2016. Most strikingly, the numbers of fatal heroin overdose cases shot from 2,089 in 2002 to 13,219 in 2016, reflecting a sharp surge of 533 percent.

Mexican and Colombian heroin dominates the U.S. market. The traffickers have exploited the latest technological advances to penetrate deeper into the country to reach out to a very new target group of end-users and patrons that include curious high schoolers, aspiring college athletes, professors and professionals. This has resulted in easy-to-procure injectable, white powder heroin. In a country that is already reeling under opioid epidemic, a widespread heroin addiction is just like rubbing salt into its wounds.

Heroin is an illicit opioid, which is categorized as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970. A heroin overdose should not be neglected as it can slow down breathing, which could be deadly. People usually snort, inject or smoke heroin. However, injecting remains the most harmful way of abusing the drug. People who have misused prescription drugs in the past are more susceptible to heroin addiction, warns the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dealing with the menace of addiction can be a challenging task, given that heroin users tend to exhibit compulsive drug-seeking behavior despite being aware of its harmful effects. Timely medical intervention is the only solution for those addicted to heroin as a severe addiction to the drug undoubtedly means flirting with danger, which can be fatal.

Battling heroin addiction

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to heroin or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Thousand Oaks Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you avail one of the best addiction treatment programs and embark on your journey to sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 805-266-7122 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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