Hillsborough County is a county that is located on the western coast of the state of Florida. Home to over 1.2 million people as of the 2010 United States Census, Hillsborough County is the fourth most populous county in the state of Florida. But being this size can have certain drawbacks, including an increased rate of drug addiction and substance abuse. From 2015 to 2017 there were 639 drug overdose deaths in Hillsborough County, one of the highest rates in the state according to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. This shows how badly the residents of the area need help from drug and alcohol rehabilitation and detox services to help save lives. Every drug overdose death could have been prevented with the right substance abuse treatment service at the right time. In Hillsborough County, there are different options for substance abuse treatment services. When you call be sure to be completely honest about your drug use so they can ensure you are getting the right level of care for your needs.
Because most drug overdoses are accidental, no one really knows when their last day of using drugs may be. Sometime people purchase drugs that are tainted with poisons or are not what they are advertised to be. This can easily kill someone. Another way in which it occurs is the drug dealer is greedy and trying to make a bigger profit off of people. Heroin is often adulterated with Fentanyl, a similar opioid that is much stronger than heroin and which can kill a person from a few grains of the powder. Manufactured overseas in clandestine laboratories and smuggled into the United States, drug dealers add it to heroin because it is much cheaper and stronger. It is so strong the people do not usually abuse Fentanyl by itself, as it is difficult to meter out a dose that won’t kill them. If it seems like buying another drug to add to heroin would just end up wasting money, you would be correct. But the next step is now adding a filler to the mix, often enough of it to double or triple the original amount of product. Because the Fentanyl made it so strong, diluting the drug in this way can make it safe and result in a final product that resembles and has effects similar to heroin.
But where this process becomes deadly is in the details. No one knows for sure how strong this black- market Fentanyl is, and potency can vary from batch to batch. Also, if it is not mixed very thoroughly with the other substances there will be inconsistencies and areas of greater concentration that can easily kill people. And that’s exactly what happens. The drug user does not suspect that this bag of heroin contains Fentanyl, or if they do, don’t know it’s a bag that has a very high concentration of Fentanyl in it. They use what would normally be a safe amount for their tolerance level, but overdose instead of getting high. This is how the majority of drug overdoses occur when it comes to opioids and the only way to really prevent it is by getting people help before they die.
Here is a list of the different treatment centers in Hillsborough County, Florida. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.