FDA Approves a Device to Help Teen Heroin Addiction

The Fight Against Teen Heroin Addiction

Being a teenager can be a confusing and difficult time. Peer pressure often leads to teens feeling divided between a path of right or wrong. Sometimes our friends don’t have our best interest at heart or have fallen down a dangerous path. Heroin and opioid addiction is a frequent problem in teens and is commonly used because of how addictive they are. Teen heroin addiction can destroy healthy relationships, educational futures, and overall health and well-being. A recent article by CNN discusses a new device approved by the FDA that can help with teen heroin addiction and other opioids killing thousands of people annually.

How Addiction Evolves

Teen heroin addiction is common because of the drug’s effects on the brain. Opioid medications bind to the areas of the brain that control pain and emotions. They intensify the levels of “feel-good” hormones like dopamine. Dopamine produces an intense feeling of euphoria in the brain’s reward areas. As the brain becomes used to these feelings, it often requires more and more of the drug to reproduce the same levels of well-being. This ultimately leads to dependence and later develops into addiction.

How The Device Works

The device is implanted into the arm of a teen heroin addiction candidate. Once in the arm, the device releases a steady dose of the medication buprenorphine. This medication restrains opioid and heroin cravings and prevents withdrawal symptoms over a period of six months. This device is the first-ever implantable option. It helps teens with heroin addiction stay on track by ensuring patients do not miss a daily dose nor sell their supply of medication to recreational users or other addicts.

Addiction Is A Growing Problem

Two years ago, overdoses linked to opioids killed more than 28,000 people nationwide. The deaths included those involving heroin and prescription drugs. Every 19 minutes, someone dies from an accidental overdose. While Americans represent only 5 percent of the world’s population, we consume 80 percent of the world’s opioids. This new device is to be used with behavioral treatment to help teen heroin addiction recovery and ease withdrawal from drugs.

Elevations Can Help

If you are suffering from addiction, it’s not too late. Elevations RTC is a residential treatment facility for teens of all genders, ages 13 to 18, grappling with anxiety, depression, substance use, and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help each student succeed and move toward a bright future.

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