Heroin is Killing Our Children
Most everyone has seen the news and knows at least someone affected by heroin overdose. However, most are still inclined to think “not my kid and not in my town”. Along the same lines many will say “that’s a New York or Philly problem”. Here is the sad, very real truth: it’s everywhere and running at epidemic proportions. If you think it’s not in your schools or quiet little town than you are not paying attention. In most areas of the country heroin overdose deaths have outnumbered auto accident fatalities. The newest number in our biggest cities have overdose deaths surpassing homicides. These are staggering statistics and being reported all across the US and as long as their are opiate prescriptions hanging around in suburban medicine cabinets…this problem only gets bigger each day.
You see our children don’t wake up one day and decide to give heroin a try on a whim or a peer pressured suggestion. The suggestion comes from the existing opiates already in place in the household. It’s the modern day equivalent to raiding your parents liquor cabinet. Our kids get hooked and find that the prescription supply is not easy to come by or very costly from local dealers. Now, the next suggestion is heroin as a cost-effective and ample supply alternative. So, those same kids who never imagined themselves sticking a needle in their arm will do exactly that to attain the euphoric high that opiates deliver.
It’s all very simple but can be incredibly hard to grasp…until it happens to your child. Don’t be naive and think this wouldn’t happen in your family. Talk to your children and have an honest discussion and if you have prescription drugs in the house, lock them up or discard old ones. This might just make the difference in stopping heroin addiction in your family!