There have been reports of a far younger user base experiment with heroin, starting from high school and even as young as grade school. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there has been an 80 percent increase in teens seeking treatment for heroin abuse in the past decade. We have summed up the top 5 ways suburban teens get sucked into using heroin today.
- Three-quarters of U.S. high school students who use heroin first tried narcotic painkillers, a new survey reveals. The recent trend of a switch from prescription opioids to heroin seen in some communities in our country alerts us to the complex issues surrounding opioid addiction and the intrinsic difficulties in addressing it through any single measure such as enhanced diversion control (Fig.3). Of particular concern has been the rise in new populations of heroin users, particularly young people. They are getting tricked by thinking that they are being given crushed painkillers at party, instead they are consuming heroin.
Experimentation gone wrong
- Young people, especially teenagers are dangerously exposed to this trend. They tend to “try” and experiment with the effects of different drugs and the effects they get from trying these drugs. What they don’t understand is that heroin abuse, like prescription opioid abuse, is dangerous both because of the drug’s addictiveness and because of the high risk for overdosing. It is never over after the first time.
Marijuana laced with Heroin
- This is particularly dangerous because of the stigma which comes along with Marijuana. Teens may think of it as “harmless” and therefore abuse it. Often times, drug traffickers lace the Marijuana with Heroin so the people who try it will get hooked and addicted to it. The drug dealers get more profits, the victims using it get long lasting, life-altering consequences.
Disguised as Cocaine
- A recent trend where dealers sell Heroin instead of Cocaine to people has resulted in many overdoses and deaths. Cocaine is more expensive to obtain, while Meth is cheaper to make, so this is why dealers swap and sell them like that. The effects are deadly. As you’ll know from watching Pulp Fiction or Queer as Folk, when snorted in cocaine-sized lines white heroin can be highly lethal – especially if consumed alongside alcohol. White heroin looks like cocaine, is sold as cocaine and people think they are snorting cocaine. The result is respiratory failure.
- Most of the young people and teenagers cannot be tricked by the ways listed above if they aren’t, in some way, influenced by their peers. A simple definition of peer pressure is the forceful efforts of one peer or a peer group to involve another member in detrimental actions. The actions may involve drug use, smoking, sex, alcohol consumption, or criminal activity. High school children have very sensitive psyches, and they seek approval during this impressionable stage. High school friends and loved ones may coerce one of their peers into doing something that he or she may not believe is correct or acceptable. Vulnerable students will sometimes partake in the activities so they can avoid rejection from the people who are pressuring them. A young person may initially try prescription pills or marijuana because someone in high school pressured him or her. The pressure may have occurred during school hours or at a party. If the teen’s close friends persuaded him or her to take drugs, the group has developed a ritual of using the drugs during hangouts or study sessions. When a person reaches the stage of performing rituals that involve ingesting drugs, he or she has developed a habit. The term for the habit is drug abuse.