Heroin use among suburban teenagers across America is increasing at an alarming rate.
Focus on the Family’s PluggedIn.com recently ran a story on teens and herion. They quoted data from the federal government showing that approximately 500 young people die from heroin-related causes each year. Since 1999, the number of teens seeking treatment for addiction to the drug surged from about 4,400 to 21,000. Some experts believe the increase in heroin use can be linked to the abuse of prescription drugs.
Rafael Lemaitre of the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy says "It's hard to talk about the heroin problem without talking about the prescription drug problem.”
A report from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that prescription drug-related deaths tripled between 2000 and 2008.
And according to an NBC News report, prescription painkillers are the gateway drug to heroin for suburban teens.
Heroin is a less expensive habit than Oxycontin, is easier to obtain and gives a more intense high.
NBC interviewed dozens of former heroin addicts and found that almost all of them got started buying prescription drugs from their friends.
If you’re a parent, do you regularly talk to your kids about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse? If not, when do you plan to start? You can find practical advice at www.casacolumbia.org
I’m Bill Maier for family friendly, commercial free, WBCL.