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‘The Face Of Heroin Has Changed,’ Family Warns After Losing Son, 19

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November 08, 2013

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  • Cruise_2014_max50


    9 months ago


    Heroin as infiltrated areas that were never caught up in previous rounds of its popularity. I work in prevention now in a rural section of NJ. It has surged in use in our area in the last several years. Its use has also been linked to the increased use of prescription opiates. Doctors are prescribing drugs like Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Xanax, and Vicodin more than ever. When they stop prescribing them, people find themselves addicted and turn to Heroin because it is cheaper than buying these other drugs on the black market. In Paterson (where most of the Heroin in our area originates) a bag can be bought for $4 as opposed to $20 for prescription drugs. We are also getting word that kids are getting hooked on prescription drugs that family members have in the house and then turning to Heroin.

    Until something is done about the cartels trafficking it here and the illicit use of prescription drugs, this is going to get much worse. For now, we have to rely on a three-pronged approach that includes enforcement, treatment, and prevention.

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