After reports that heroin use has increased nearly 300 percent nationwide between 2002 and 2013, a treatment center on Treasure Island said requests for treatment have not increased since last year.
“Over the past few years, we have seen an overall increase in the amount of people seeking treatment for heroin addiction,” said John Templeton, founder of Footprints Beachside Recovery Center. “But surprisingly, the percentage of people seeking treatment for heroin this year, is the same as it was last year.”
In 2014, patients seeking treatment for heroin addiction at Footprints Beachside Recovery Center amounted to 30 percent of their total clients. So far in 2015, that percentage is the same, according to a release.
The increase in heroin use between 2002 and 2013 was most drastic among white people, increasing by 114 percent, females, doubling, and ages 18 to 25, increasing by 109 percent, according to the national report by the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Founded in 2008, Footprints Beachside Recovery Center is a drug and alcohol treatment facility located in Pinellas County.