Heroin Use On The Rise In The U.S. "It's Not An Epidemic Level Yet, But It's Going To Be There. It's That Bad" [Video]

 

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Heroin use is at an all time high in the United States. The number of heroin overdose deaths rose 45% from 2006-2010, according to CNN.

 

"We have an explosion of heroin use in this country," said James Capra, DEA Director of Operations.

 

In a 2002 survey 166,000 Americans admitted they had used the drug in the last month. That number has jumped to 333,000 in 2014.

 

 

Robert Parkinson, the director of the Beachcomber Rehabilitation Center in Delray Beach, Florida told CNN things are going to get a lot worse.

 

"I've been here over six years, and literally this is the first year that I can remember seeing this many people coming in here with an addiction to heroin," Parkinson said. "It's not at an epidemic level yet,[but] it's going to be there. It's that bad."

 

Phillip Seymour Hoffman (left) and Cory Monteith

 

The recent heroin related deaths of celebrated actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Glee star Cory Monteith illustrates America's growing problem. Heroin doesn't discriminate. It's users stretch across all racial and economic lines.

 

The average age of heroin users has dropped from people in their 30's to 21-years old," according to Michael's House.

 

 

The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration's crackdown on the illegal prescription drug trade has actually led to more heroin addicts.

 

"On the street if it's gonna cost you $80 to get a pill. Some opiate type of pharmaceutical drug, verses $10 for a bag of heroin... That's what we see," said Capra.

 

 

Heroin primarily comes from four areas: Mexico, Southeast and Southwest Asia and South America. It can be snorted, smoked or injected by needle.

 

 

By the time it reaches the street level in the United States it's been stepped on many times, leaving users unsure of the purity of the product and what it's been cut with, increasing the risk of an accidental overdose.



 

 

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Comment by M.K.J... on February 11, 2014 at 10:25pm
GROSS...
Comment by QuEeNsFiNeSt on February 7, 2014 at 3:07pm
S*** Becoming Like Crack In The 80's
Comment by Them504boyz on February 5, 2014 at 2:41pm
They even put a joint
Of weed in the picture lol that's all this about
Comment by URKILLER on February 5, 2014 at 11:20am
Oh a couple of whites die from it and now it's a problem?
Comment by F***THEWORLD on February 5, 2014 at 7:23am
Never tried it. But I ain't agence it. And Afghanistan doesnt have the biggest supply, Mexico just moves it u idiots. And ofcourse more ppl might be on it,bcuz that s*** sells. Supply and demand! And they have to step on it alot, u seen American Gangster? fenes were dying cuz the H was too strong.
Comment by Don Don on February 5, 2014 at 7:05am
i don't feel sorry for the american population because its the junky capital of the world. drugs were initially put here to control and break down other ethnic backgrounds. during that b*******. white america has become the ethnicity with the most addictive personalities and represent the majority under the poverty line. facts. America as a whole take this f****** . No F**** given. all of a sudden. a couple white entertainers die and now its a subject for debate? eat s***. its been a problem since the 80s and its 2014 now. lmao f*** america
Comment by bittersweet on February 5, 2014 at 6:03am
2000, Taliban trying to eradicate Poppy industry......then 9/11. Now heroine back in business full swing..... read War is a Racket. Fkn A!
Comment by Versa on February 5, 2014 at 3:23am
legalize all drugs control it and stop all the gangstaz killing people and getting rich man.
Comment by PLAYBOYD on February 5, 2014 at 2:54am
Dam put that b******* down and grab you a 8th of this Kush, OG, hydro you won't overdose on that s*** smoke up
Comment by Peter on February 5, 2014 at 2:18am
Gross.



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