In The News: Heroin Epidemic in Ohio
When most people think of heroin use they might envision a middle aged man shooting up heroin in a back alley somewhere in Urban America. That couldn’t be far from the truth today. Heroin abuse is silently creeping up on Americans especially young Americans; from all walks of life. The state of Ohio is currently experiencing a heroin epidemic that’s impacting mostly white suburban families. The new profile of a heroin user is the average girl or boy next door.
There are millions of people suffering from peer pressure, low self-esteem, depression, pain, trauma, abuse, emotional and mental disorders that are driving them to experiment with opiates like heroin. The younger U.S population is seriously at risk for drug abuse due to the physical, emotional and psychological changes pre-teens and teens go through. Mix that with peer-pressure and readily available illegal drugs and we have an epidemic on our hands.
The shift in younger populations abusing heroin is stemming from the increase in price of prescription drugs. Once the prescription drugs they’ve gotten hooked on (from mom and dad’s prescriptions) run out they find themselves unable to afford the street price of $30-$80 a pill. That’s where heroin comes in, at only $10 a bag, it’s hard to resist.
Heroin is very scary because it’s not only cheap but it’s also deadly. In 2011 Cuyahoga County had 106 heroin related deaths – that’s about 180% increase since 2003. Scary, huh?
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