The rate of drug abuse and addiction among women has been on the rise. The rate of heroin addiction in particular has nearly doubled among women. These alarming trends have experts very concerned, since increasing drug addiction near West Palm Beach means that more babies will be born already addicted to drugs. Drug overdoses have also been increasing, as have the rates of infectious diseases like hepatitis C.
So why are so many women becoming the victims of drug addiction? Watch this interview to find out. This expert explains that legally prescribed opioid pain relievers often act as a gateway drug. When women can no longer obtain these drugs, they might turn to heroin, which is cheaper and readily available.