Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Heroin Use On the Rise in SoCal
“Heroin use has become a particular concern for the DEA because we’re seeing people using heroin at such a young age,” Agent Sarah Pullen told NBC Los Angeles. Counselors at high schools in Orange County are reporting a rise in heroin use, the article notes.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported initiations to heroin have increased by 80 percent among teens ages 12 to 17. The increase in heroin use is largely attributed to the drug’s low cost and easy availability in southern California due to its proximity to Mexico.
More than 2,500 people who were dependent on opioids took part in the study; participants were followed between July 2009 and March 2012. In that time frame there was a 17 percent decrease in OxyContin abuse.
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