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Video: Heroin in the Suburbs

CBS Sunday Morning recently featured a short video that sheds some light on an important community issue — the resurgence of heroin use amongst teens and young adults in the suburbs.

Heroin is making a come back with a vengeance.  Its reach is spreading into suburban communities across America.  In a recent survey, 24% of high school students have admitted to abusing highly addictive medications including prescription pain killers such as oxycontin and hydrocodone.  This is a 33% increase in just 5 years.

So how does Rx drug use lead to heroin abuse?  One reason is because pain killers are expensive — they can cost up to $80 per pill.  Young people are turning to the cheaper and more powerful alternative — herion, which costs about $10/bag.

The video features the suburban town of Naperville, IL.  But the issue is not unique to Naperville.  We’re seeing this issue in many suburbs across the USA — including the suburbs of Buffalo, such as East Amherst, Orchard Park, Williamsville and Clarence.

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The New Face of Heroin Addiction