The Huffington Post has a really great feature article titled, "Dying To Be Free", that came about after a year long investigation into the heroin treatment industry. After reading it I think you'll agree, we're not doing enough to stop heroin addiction or the public health epidemic heroin has caused.
"...A heroin addict entering a rehab facility presents as severe a case as a would-be suicide entering a psych ward. The addiction involves genetic predisposition, corrupted brain chemistry, entrenched environmental factors and any number of potential mental-health disorders — it requires urgent medical intervention. According to the medical establishment, medication coupled with counseling is the most effective form of treatment for opioid addiction. Standard treatment in the United States, however, emphasizes willpower over chemistry..."Suboxone may not be a cure for heroin addiction but it is the closest thing there is. Why aren't more addicts given access to it? The standard 12 step treatment methods employed by nearly all treatment centers don't work on their own and ignore decades of scientific research in the field of opiate addictions.
If there is someone in your life whether a family member or friend, take the time to read this article. It is fascinating and it will open your eyes to a better understanding of drug addiction.
Here is a list of doctors/treatment centers in NJ that prescribe Suboxone as a means of treating a patients addiction.