Heroin Use Spikes In Suburbs, Drug Enforcement Agency Targets Prevention Toward High School Students [Video]

Phyllis Asinyanbi

Heroin use continues to increase in the suburbs and the DEA has released a video that targets potential high school users. The video is titled, "Chasing the Dragon" and educates young people on the hazards of drug addiction. Many heroin users begin with marijuana, followed by pills, and progress to heroin, which is also an opiate, but less expensive.

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St. Louis is not the only location that has experienced a surge in heroin and opiate related deaths, as there has been a national spike. But in the St. Louis area, deaths tripled over a seven-year time period. There were 445 in 2014; preliminary statistics for 2015 show a decrease but the numbers remain high. This doesn't mean there are less users but a drug that can stop the effects of an overdose is now used more often by doctors and paramedics.

New Jersey is another area of the U.S. where opiate and heroin use is triple the national average, per the Princeton Patch. Princeton High School, located in Princeton, New Jersey will hold an educational forum on the dangers of heroin use, hosted by Michael DeLeon. He is the founder of Steered Straight, an organization that uses real-life interactive presentations, featuring ex-offenders who offer guidance to young people on staying away from drugs.

DeLeon will offer valuable information on how to spot the physical symptoms of heroin use as well as common drug paraphernalia, such as spoons, bags, needles, and rubber bands. The discussion, "Heroin & Opiates: They're Here" will take place on Wednesday, March 2, 7 pm - 9 pm, in the Princeton High School Auditorium. For more information, call Corner House at 609-924-8018.

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