Talk about the law of unintended consequences. The national effort to shut down pill mills (certainly a worthy endeavor) has led to an upsurge in the use of heroin, as opiate addicts can no longer obtain or afford pain medication. Now, according to a recent article in the Tampa Tribune (written by Keith Morelli on January 2, 2016) dirty needles have caused a 50% spike in heart valve disorders, requiring surgery and lengthy hospital stays costing in excess of $500,000 per episode. Making matters worse, surgeons are reporting the same addicts, typically uninsured, are often back on the operating table within a few months, due to a new infection, again caused by dirty needles. Some doctors are refusing to continuously operate on the same patients, asserting a two or three strikes and you’re out policy, which effectively renders a death penalty on these addicts.
More compelling proof that addiction is a fatal illness. Recovery certainly seems like a more attractive option that one heart surgery, moreless so many surgeries that the doctor refuses to continue helping you! If you or a loved one needs help getting on the road to recovery, please call Sweeney Interventions—813-477-2437.