Heroin use explodes in Fayetteville in wake of painkiller crackdown

painkiller-kitSean doesn’t know why he became a heroin addict.

He thinks genetics could have played a part. Or maybe his father’s suicide.

But Sean doesn’t make excuses. All he knows for sure is that he likes the way heroin makes him feel.

“It’s like God comes down from heaven and gives me a big hug and says everything is going to be all right,” he said.

But sometimes Sean gets tired of chasing his addiction. That’s where the 29-year-old finds himself today, filling one of 16 beds in Fayetteville’s only addiction-recovery center, the Myrover-Reese Fellowship Home.

Sean, who declined to give his last name, is among an exploding number of people in Fayetteville who have become heroin addicts. In most cases, the addiction began with prescription pain medications.

Five years ago, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center recorded just one heroin overdose. In 2012, that number rose to 13. From the beginning of this year through Oct. 7, the hospital reported 96 heroin overdoses. Read more article Link…

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