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HEROIN on Long Island is OUT OF CONTROL

HEROIN on Long Island is OUT OF CONTROL

The King Indeed

September 17th, 2014

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Heroin use has exploded in what is being described as an epidemic on Long Island, where addiction counselors are seeing users as young as 12 years of age – many from middle class suburban families. Heroin has developed a frightening grip on Long Island’s youth in a way not seen for decades. The drug has dropped in price, increased in purity and has become fairly easy to obtain in communities across Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

A “bundle” of heroin priced at $150 in 2006 now costs just under $80. Smaller quantities can be bought for as little as $7.00 on Long Island about the same as a price as a pack of cigarettes. The drug, typically snorted by teens, has steadily increased in purity and is often used in combination with prescription drugs like Fentanyl and OxyContin.

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Both the Nassau and Suffolk County police Departments report and increased number of heroin- related arrests and the National Drug Intelligence Center, which is within the Justice Department, ranked heroin alongside cocaine as the most serious drug threats in the New York area. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Heroin has killed a record number on Long Island in the last two years and nationwide heroin deaths are up 45% from 2006-2010. It is so bad officials have dubbed the Long Island Expressway the “Heroin Highway.”
It is so sad how people are not aware of the epidemic on Long Island. While it has been bad for a while, it is getting far, far worse. These are “good kids” such as cheerleaders, athletes, and straight-A students from loving homes getting sucked in by the drug resulting in heartbroken families, the struggle to recover, and law enforcement challenges. Many parents do not suspect in the least that their child may be the victim of a secret drug addiction, many are in denial. The fact is, it is heartbreaking when a young person dies of a heroin overdose. The children along with their parents and families go through complete and utter hell. It is horrific. Unfortunately, the drug is cheap, in style and apparently plentiful… something needs to be done and our voices need to be heard to stop this epidemic!

-Blade-

[Intern writer for TheKingIndeed.com]

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