Preventing Heroin Addiction

Most drug addicts are good people with a bad problem.  Some of our veterans are trying to deal with this problem and we have to ask whether we are helping.  About 1 in 4 people who use heroin become addicted to it.  Most heroin available today is purer than it was in the 1980’s.  While heroin has been a problem for some time, it has taken on new dimensions in the last decade.  I spoke today for an upcoming show of PHL17’s “In Focus” with Scott Sarafini and Christie Wentz of Drug Free Pennsylvania.image001  The increased used in the last decade of prescription painkillers like Oxycontin have led to an increase in heroin use.  People hooked on painkillers are demanding purer heroin and are going to it because it is available and cheaper, about 8 to 10 dollars a hit.  The death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a reminder that addicts are folks in their 40’s and 50’s, even seniors, as well as young people.  Drug Free Pennsylvania provides free, 90-minute seminars for parents to outline the heroin and overall drug problem and prevention steps.  A place of worship or a school or a community center can arrange a seminar.  They also provide services to employers.  You can contact them at straighttalkforparents.org or 1-800-533-3394.  The “In Focus” program on heroin runs Saturday morning, March 8th, at 6:30.

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