“Heroin is the dark, dirty secret of America today. Few people recognize the devastation wrought by this drug across wide swathes of America and across the border in Mexico. Media coverage has been inexplicably muted and even more strange is the lack of opinion on the causes of this unprecedented epidemic.
Let’s start with some cold, hard numbers:
- In 2010, the heroin market in America wasestimated at 27 billion. Since the number of estimated heroin dependent users has risen from approximately 335,000 to 517,000 it would not be speculation that this would be approaching 40 billion, a number hitherto only associated with marijuana, a drug used by up to 20 million
This does not even begin to tell the story of the human and emotional cost that heroin addiction places on individuals, families and treatment providers. Being the parent, spouse or child of a heroin user is a never-ending nightmare, swinging between being enraged at the individual and terrified for their lives.
So what has led to this resurgence of a drug that had since the 1980s largely been replaced by cocaine, methamphetamines and benzodiazepines? To begin answering this question, let’s look at another set of statistics, these even more disturbing than the ones related to heroin.”
Source: HuffingtonPost.com – January 6, 2016