United Against Heroin Addiction Offers Support and Resources for Addicts In PA
United Against Heroin Addiction is a organization at State College in Centre County, PA, just recently founded in 2016. According to their website, the UAHA “..provides support and resources to those fighting addiction and educates communities impacted by opioid abuse.”
United Against Heroin Addiction will be holding an awareness event on August 13th at Medlar Field. They will have a booth set up at the entrance during the State College/Staten Island game. UAHA is also attempting to sell 200 tickets for the game.
The booth will have t-shirts, wristbands, and written materials. They are also seeking a $500 donation to get their video played on the board.
About United Against Heroin Addiction
The organization seeks to prevent drug addiction through community awareness, including education programs for student, medical professionals, and the elderly.
For those suffering from addiction, UAHA is looking to help user and their families connect with initial counseling for emotional and mental support. They will also help the user understand the payment process, whether via health insurance coverage or financial aid options. They will continue to help step the addict through all phrases of treatment.
After treatment, the organization pledges to find transitional or permanent housing, as well as offer continued support for relapse prevention.
United Against Heroin Addiction has also collaborated with the Centre County YMCA, and will have access to their facilities for various activities.
About Heroin Addiction
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heroin use has increased nationwide among both men and women, most age groups, and all levels of income. In fact, some of the largest increases have occurred in groups who have historically low rates of use, including women and people with larger incomes.
As heroin use has increased, so have overdose deaths related to heroin and other opioids. Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people died from heroin overdoses in 2013.
In addition, heroin use more than doubled among young adults aged 18–25 in the past 10 years, and 45% of people who used heroin were also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology