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Heroin Use on Rise in Communities Around America

Heroin is becoming more deadly as it becomes the addictive drug of choice in our communities across America, according to a recent news article. Addicts are desperate for cheaper ways to get high than prescription drugs offer.

Experts are seeing fatalities and overdoses on the rise in almost every single region in the U.S.

Addicts are seeking the most powerful fix and heroin is popping up in areas that it has rarely before been seen. Ohio officials say heroin drug overdoses have increased by 25 percent in a one year period, from 2008 to 2009 and continue to rise.

Just last April, a Washington community had seven die from a heroin shipment in just five short days. St. Louis officials reported that heroin killed over 300 people in just two years.

The CDC has compiled data from 2009 death certificates and found that heroin has killed almost 3,500 Americans than just one decade ago. That is nearly twice the amount of ten years ago.

One statistic showed that heroin is now a “multi-generational” threat and is becoming much more deadly to those under the age of 30.

In 2009, one third of the over 3,000 heroin deaths happened with young people under 30 years old. Ninety-three deaths were teenagers and the bulk of deaths were clustered with people between the age groups of 30’s to 50‘s.

Unfortunately, experts report there isn’t a “typical” heroin user. They range from all different backgrounds: poor, rich, all education levels and various ages. Federal surveys from last year show that almost three percent of all high school aged students have tried heroin.

Heroin Use Increasing in Wisconsin

In Madison, Wisconsin, heroin seems to be replacing crack and cocaine as the drug of choice.

The Tellurian UCAN rehabilitation center says it has seen a 500 percent increase in the number of heroin addicts that come to the center in the past three years.

“Our calls regarding heroin usage and addiction are off the charts,” said Tellurian’s Mike Florek.

Heroin usage is not just a big city problem. Mt. Horeb Police Chief Jeff Veloff has seen a major increase in heroin addiction in his community, as well.

Madison police have linked a number of recent armed robberies and other crimes to heroin addiction, which they say makes this new trend even more disturbing.