When I was growing up, heroin was for derelicts and jazz musicians! Let’s face it, who did you know who did heroin? THIS story started me thinking again….the facts are that many Americans are doing heroin and I’m curious as to WHY?
Culture that’s falling apart?
No hope as far as job availability being so low?
Such division in our society?
Lack of extended families sticking together?
Too easy availability?
You tell us. Have you known a heroin addict? Did they recover? Would you please share their story? Do you believe marijuana is what they sometimes refer to it as a ‘gateway drug’ which can lead to cocaine or heroin?
“According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2012 about 669,000 Americans reported using heroin in the past year,1 a number that has been on the rise since 2007. This trend appears to be driven largely by young adults aged 18–25 among whom there have been the greatest increases. The number of people using heroin for the first time is unacceptably high, with 156,000 people starting heroin use in 2012, nearly double the number of people in 2006 (90,000).” From THIS ARTICLE. (The good news in this article is teens are doing it LESS than those aged 18-25 but I’m thinking it’s availability and cost that might prohibit them…)
Growing up I saw plenty of pot, I saw cocaine……no heroin. Ever. Did you?
What can be done to stop this awful trend? Parents are doing heroin and crack cocaine to the detriment of their children!
Think we have any hope for getting them off it? Or is this question too broad? Are they really just hundreds of thousands of addicts with individual stories which pushed them to it or could I be right and there are societal, systemic problems which turn young people to such a hard drug? It’s absolutely not as popular in Europe…why not? Is that part of the equation which could help us figure out why it’s become rather rampant here?
Let’s talk about it.