As the stigma surrounding heroin use has dissipated, the drug has found new fans in American suburban communities.
“They lived in tattered boxes, abandoned cars and the backyards of dilapidated houses.
It didn’t matter. They were addicts in their teens and twenties. All they needed was heroin.
This is the new face of heroin addiction in America: young, white and increasingly female. Heroin use is reaching epidemic proportions, moving away from the inner-city and into the suburbs, bringing along its deadly consequences.
“Twenty years ago, heroin was seen as an inner-city problem. It was associated with ghettos, poverty and a primarily minority population,” said Theodore Cicero, vice chairman for research in the department of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. But heroin use data showed the drug breaking down these traditional boundaries.
The DEA’s survey found that 29.1 percent of participating state and local law enforcement agencies called heroin the greatest threat in their community, second only to methamphetamine at 31.8 percent.
“We’re facing a perfect storm of increased availability, low cost and the attraction of the high that comes from injecting heroin,” he said. And once young people are addicted, the battle back to regular life is nearly impossible to win.”
Source: Newsok.com – February 19, 2015