There is a Heroin Epidemic of young Suburban (white) American Youth. Guess where the Heroin is coming from. Guess who’s paying for it.
We are paying for a War to Protect a Drug that is being used to destroy our Young People.
We are paying for our own destruction with the lives of our future. We are paying to kill our own future.
Can you spell IRONIC.
The Taliban had completely wiped out the Opium and Heroin Drug Trade in Afghanistan by shutting down all the Poppy Fields. Within 1 year, we invaded. And Tripled the Poppy Field production from what it was, and protected the Poppy Fields with U.S. Soldiers and lives.
It’s sad how American’s can’t see that their own and easily controlled hatred of others, is destroying US and our children with our own money.
It’s a well known fact that most of the Heroin produced in Afghanistan, comes to America.
Now you will know why.
It’s not the Inner City Youth they are trying to destroy this time. It’s the Suburban Youth.
Heroin – The Next Generation / Documentary Educational Video
Heroin Documentary Video from the public domain. Heroin: The Next Generation. Viewers will learn about the different types of heroin being peddled on the streets of America, how heroin affects the users and hear first person accounts about heroin use from former users. Find out how the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office broke a major heroin trafficking ring that was selling the drug to young people in the affluent suburb of Scottsdale, Arizona.
What goes around comes around — and Heroin is back! But the face of yesterday’s junkie is not the face of the junkie of today. More young people than ever before are shooting it, snorting it — even smoking it. And they’re getting more bang for their buck when buying their heroin on the streets today.
One reason: The purity of this drug is the highest at the street level than it’s ever been — that means users don’t have to use needles to inject the drug into their veins. The new ability to snort or smoke heroin is enticing more young people than ever before to give it a try. Back in the 60s and 70s, heroin users primarily injected the drug into their bloodstream.
The next generation of heroin users do not have to use needles to get high on heroin. Smoking it or snorting it is more appealing to younger and first-time users by eliminating the fear of needles and syringe-associated diseases such as HIV, AIDS and hepatitis — not to mention the stigma associated with the stereotypical “junkie” who “shoots up” the drug.
Another reason heroin use is on the rise, according to James Hall, an epidemiologist for Up Front Drug Information Center in Miami, Florida is because prescription drug abuse is on the rise. “Young people who try prescription narcotic opiate drugs and like the effects of those drugs are turning to heroin because it packs a similar, yet more powerful punch than prescription narcotic opiates,” Hall says. “That’s why prescription drug abuse is becoming a stepping stone to first time heroin users.”
Program Objectives: This program discusses, among other things, the following: Learn about the different types of heroin being peddled on the streets of America. Learn how heroine affects the users. Hear first person accounts about heroin use from a former users. Explore heroin trafficking trends and methods of delivery of the drug into the U.S. Find out how the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office broke a major heroin trafficking ring that was selling the drug to young people in the affluent suburb of Scottsdale, Arizona. Panelists: TBA.
Sponsors: This program is sponsored the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTFT) with the technical support of the Satellite Education Network (SEN) at Ft. Lee, VA. Public domain video.
COUNTRY SEEING RISE OF HEROIN ABUSE IN SUBURBAN TEENAGERS
With prescription pills becoming less accessible, many teens and young adults are turning to heroin, a stronger and more affordable drug.
Heroin used to be a drug that was synonymous with poverty, crime, and destitution. Unfortunately, now heroin abuse is affecting American’s youth, more specifically suburban teenagers. State health departments across the country have been reporting rises in heroin use and overdoses in teens within the past few years. The Missouri Health Department saw an increase in heroin overdoses jump from 69 cases in 2007 to 244 cases in 2011, with more than half of all heroin-associated deaths being between the ages of 15 and 35. In New Mexico, heroin has become the fastest growing drug problem, surpassing cocaine and meth. According to a local New Mexico news station, KRQE, an estimated $300,000 worth of heroin is sold every day in Albuquerque to kids and adults.
As new laws start to crack down on the distribution of prescription painkillers, individuals are starting to find alternate drugs to satisfy their cravings. Opiate dependency can produce cravings that are very strong, so although heroin is widely known to be extremely dangerous, many people will consider using the drug if they are not able to obtain pills. Heroin is also cheaper than opiate pharmaceuticals, making it an easier option for younger users.
Many narcotics officials are learning that often young heroin abusers are first introduced to the drug at local high school parties. In order to identify if a young adult is abusing prescription pills or heroin, be mindful of any change in personality that may indicate a dependency, like social withdrawal, lack of emotion, or decreased activity, and keep an eye out for drug paraphernalia, such as empty pharmaceutical bottles, burned aluminum foil, hypodermic syringes, or burned spoons. If you’re a parent and you’re concerned that your child may be abusing opiates, including prescription painkillers and heroin, it is very important to keep an open dialogue and discuss the dangers of these drugs with your children.
If you suspect you or someone you know may be experiencing dependency to opiates, or if you have questions about prescription painkillers or heroin, we urge you to contact your medical physicians. For more information on choosing an opiate detox program, please feel free to contact our office directly. WAISMANN METHOD® treatment is a safe and proven protocol for opiate dependency that utilizes the most advanced medical techniques available. The rapid opiate detoxification procedure is carried out in a full-service hospital in Southern California by board-certified anesthesiologists while patients remain under deep sedation, so they experience minimal conscious withdrawal or suffering.
By ANDREW SULLIVAN
Oct. 29, 2010
Seven months ago, ABC News’ “20/20” began following the journey of a young woman named Ashley. The story below describes the early days of our profiling of Ashley, in March and April of 2010.
Outside of Minneapolis, Minn., 21-year-old Ashley sits in the furnished basement of her high-end suburban home, a room that she calls her “dungeon.”
“I’m literally just rotting,” she said, “There’s nothing I can think of that’s good in my life right now.”
Ashley lives the life of a full-time junkie, smoking as many as 100 hits of heroin a day. Her life is consumed by the multiple trips she takes into the city every day to get her fix, and a desperate search for the more than $100 a day she needs to pay for her addiction.
“It’s the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning, its the last thing I think of when I go to bed,” she said, “It’s just what my life is revolved around.”
Life wasn’t always like this for Ashley. She was a good student in high school and college, and hoped to one day become a social worker.
“She’s a beautiful girl and she just had so many dreams,” her mother, Cheri, recalled. “And then it all just disappeared.”
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Ashley experimented with drugs during her freshman year of college, and she regrets that one day, she tried smoking hash with a friend. After a few weeks of using the drug, her friend came clean; the drug that they’d been smoking was actually heroin.
“He was addicted to this, and he wanted somebody else with him to share it,” Ashley said.
By the time she realized the truth, Ashley was hooked. Over the next year, she dropped out of school and quit her part-time job as she sank deeper into addiction.
A Deadly Combination
Heroin is a drug that has haunted our country for generations, but in recent years it has posed an increasing threat to American youth. Since 2007, the number of heroin users in the U.S. has nearly doubled, and half of all first-time users are younger than 26 years old, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Low Price Attracts Youth
“Years ago, when you got a call about a heroin overdose, you’d expect that you were going to find a homeless person in an alley somewhere,” said Lieutenant Bill Burke, a narcotics detective in Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y. “Now we’re seeing kids in the suburbs overdosing. First it was young people in their twenties, now there are teenagers.”
The number of deaths caused by heroin overdose has shot up by at least 50 percent over the past decade, according to a review conducted by the Associated Press, and some areas have been hit harder than others.
“We’ve seen a doubling in the increase of opiate-related deaths in the last three or four years,” said Steve Levy, County Executive in Suffolk, N.Y. “It’s in a very pure form these days. It’s not the heroin of the previous generation.”
While the purity level of heroin has typically ranged from 5 to 20 percent, the purity of heroin produced in Mexico has started to hover around 40 percent, according to the DEA. This high potency level means that addicts are more often able to smoke or snort the drug, avoiding the needle that might scare away a first-time user.
Also attractive to first-time users is the drug’s relatively low price. Often, young people will make the jump to heroin after first becoming addicted to prescription opiates, such as Oxycontin. These pills can be pricey — as high as $50 for one dose — and the relatively low price tag on heroin — as little as $10 per dose — can push young users to try the drug they never would have used otherwise.
“This is a spiral into the abyss for a lot of these young people, who one day very innocently start looking through mom and dad’s cabinet and take an Oxycontin pill,” said Levy. “It’s bad news where it could end up.
In Minneapolis, where Ashley goes on her daily trips, the purity of heroin is the highest of any city in the U.S., and the average price of the drug is among the lowest, according to the DEA. For young users in the area, this is a deadly combination.
‘Five Minutes of My Time for That Much Money’
Heroin is famous for its euphoric high, a feeling that lasts 15 seconds, but comes to consume the life of an addict.
“You’re just floating on a cloud,” said Dylan, a friend of Ashley who’s also a heroin user. “There’s no care in the world. It’s like a rush, just a rush of numbness.”
This feeling comes at a price. It’s quickly followed by heroin withdrawal — an intense sickness that Ashley described as “10 times worse than the flu.” Ashley said she no longer enjoys the high, but needs to come up with more than $100 per day to “stay well” and avoid the drug’s all-consuming withdrawal.
Outside of Minneapolis, Minn., 21-year-old Ashley lives the life of a junkie, smoking as many as 100 hits of heroin a day.
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Coming up with this money is a full-time job, and can force users to sink to unimaginable depths in order to feed their addiction. Ashley’s friend, a former straight-A student who asked that her name not be used, has had to resort to prostitution in order to “stay well.”
“I had no other way,” the friend said, “I figured, whatever, five minutes of my time for that much money, it’s not that important anymore. I don’t care that much.”
Because she charges as little as $20 for sex, she needs to sell herself to several men every day to keep herself from withdrawing.
“Lately it’s been about like four, five, but I’ve had days when I’ve gotten like fifteen guys in a day,” the friend said. “I don’t feel like there’s any lower I could go right now — besides death.”
The fate of Ashley’s friend illustrates the Catch-22 of being a parent to a heroin addict.
“I’ve had a lot of friends say, ‘Just kick her out.’ Even the police have said that,” said Ashley’s mother, Cheri.
This can be an impossible decision to make, however, knowing how low a heroin addict will go to get a fix on the streets. Instead, Ashley’s parents admit they give her cash and don’t ask many questions. Ashley panhandles and steals extra money from her parents to make ends meet.
“It’s a really sick feeling to know that’s my parents’ money,” Ashley said, “It really sucks to know that that’s how I repay them back.”
‘I Want to Get Sober’
Shortly after “20/20” met Ashley, she was offered an opportunity to attend the Young Adult Female Program, which is run by Caron Treatment Centers in Wernersville, Pa.
This is not an everyday opportunity. There are more than 23 million addicts in America that need treatment, but last year fewer than 1-in-10 were able to get help at a specialty substance abuse facility, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
With this rare opportunity in place, Ashley is ready to take the plunge. “My mind is just like ‘I want to get sober, I want to get sober,'” said Ashley, “I’m going to get sober.”
With a relapse rate that several studies cite as higher than 80 percent, the odds are stacked against Ashley.