Skip to comments.Why Heroin Use Is Skyrocketing Across The US
Posted on 01/20/2014 2:12:28 PM PST by BBell
Heroin abuse has been getting more attention lately.
Last week, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin spent his entire 34-minute State of the State address talking about the state's "full-blown heroin crisis," and law enforcement officials in small cities across New England have noted an increase in heroin use.
Demand for the drug might be coming from people who are hooked on prescription pills.
Health officials and drug experts have started noticing that heroin use has been exploding as states crack down on "pill mills," which get people addicted to Oxycontin and other pain killers even when they don't have a medical need for them.
David DiSalvo writes in Forbes that the increase in heroin use has overlapped with a decrease in pain killer abuse. He notes that the number of new non-medical users of pain killers dropped from 2.2 million in 2002 to 1.9 million in 2012:
The reason may come down to basic economics: Illegally obtained prescription pain killers have become more expensive and harder to get, while the price and difficulty in obtaining heroin have decreased. An 80 mg OxyContin pill runs between $60 to $100 on the street. Heroin costs about $9 a dose. Even among heavy heroin abusers, a days worth of the drug is cheaper than a couple hits of Oxy.
As states crack down on pill mills, fewer people will be able to obtain the drugs through a prescription and supply will be cut off. Pain pills become less available and more expensive.
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America is a culture in decline.Today more young people are being killed and demented from opiate use than children were killed and crippled by polio in another era. Incredibly the President of the United States endorses the legalization of marijuana. At the core of every liberal there is decadence.
What is wrong with these people? A fifth of vodka is 6 bucks at Fry's.
More pot, more heroin... AND several other drugs..
How can it NOT be.?.
Not all Pot-heads do other drugs......... BUT... MANY do...
How many?... must vary.. day to day..
And other pot-heads rarely use other drugs.. BUT still do..
There is a reason they call it.......... “DOPE”..
Weak people are searching for an escape from this alternate reality the libs have created. Hard to find joy in life with the country going down the toilet and you are on the bottom of the flush.
Typical 19th Century "Wild West" Opium Den.
Some people actually WANT to be “Dopes”...
America, circa 2014... dope, homo marriage, open-borders, socialism.
No doubt left in my mind anymore that I’m living through and witnessing the death of my country.
Listening to Obama explain his policies is ALMOST enough to make me try heroin.
Wow...I have 6 K in pills tucked in the back of my sock drawer....
60 oxy pills left over from a knee surgery scrip....
I took about one days worth and said forget this crap....
The vortex cycle down the drain to depravity is getting faster and faster now....
Save five and throw the rest away, flush them.
it’s cheaper and healthier to just turn off the TV and radio.
Basic economics. If there’s a demand there will be a supply. The War on Drugs has been a disastrous failure. It has militarized our police and made drugs cheaper than they’ve ever been. Stopping drugs is like trying to kill the mythical hydra. You chop one head off and two more appear to replace it. We have to stop the demand. What drives the demand? Well, Hollywood glamorizing it, for one. Not going after the well connected users for another. Tolerating and subsidizing the use by allowing welfare fits in there. (A renter I had paid for her alcohol and cigarettes by selling her EBT card purchases. Turns out she was doing marijuana as well.) I’m sure the list goes on and on.
And jail juice is free.
I hear ya...I had my first Vicodin a couple years ago; said NOPE to that. I can see why people get addicted (I can’t lie, the stuff was great for my pain, but my pain was temporary).
Meanwhile, back in Afghanistan, US troops continue to guard a boom in opium crop growth. (See: Afghanistan opium crop cultivation rises 36 per cent, production up 49 per cent)
When I got my wisdom teeth pulled, I forgot to take the T-4’s the dentist gave me to deal with the pain. The first night was horrific with the pain horrific everytime I pressed my teeth together, but after that it wasn’t a problem.
Heroin is very popular in Mexico. Mexicans just bring the drug with them.
Heroin is the drug of despair.
Sure it wasn’t oxyCODONE?
Don’t let anyone know. My Mother’s friend had cancer and my Mother would take her to her treatments. One day when they came back they found the house had been broken in. The perps knew the women had cancer and would probably have some good drugs so they broke in and stole her meds. The women did have oxy pills which of course were swiped.
Why? When the country collapses under it "O"wn weight, they may buy enough cans of beans to save him from starvation.
satan is laughing.
Several years ago, I attended a lecture given by a doctor who talked about the new wave of heroin addiction. He believed part of the problem is that there are now ways to ingest heroin without using a needle and syringe, so the is no longer the stigma associated with IV use.
He said another problem was with young professional people who, once the IV stigma was overcome, naively believed they could use heroin as a “recreational” drug on weekends, then return to their jobs on Monday unimpaired. These people underestimated the addictive power of heroin.
Dope and Chains.
That's why they are buried in my sock draw...: )
We had a break in last year...came home and every kitchen cabinet / bathroom door was opened...
I thought nothing was stolen until I went to take me nighttime high blood pressure medicine ...
Sure enough they were all gone...
I actually had several valuable watches and rings left right on top of my wife and myself dressers...
Never touched...Just wanted the drugs...
That is against Federal law now. I just had to dispose of some hydrocodone tablets when my mom no longer needed them. The doctor told me that these drugs are turning up in drinking water and there are Federal laws with stiff fines for flushing unused drugs. I actually put them into a 55 gallon drum of waste oil... I figure at some point some poor guy running re-refined motor oil will get a drowsy camshaft.
A society's got to have rules and laws a bit more strict than what's necessary to flourish. There have to be limits, and youth need to learn about actions and consequences, or you get the mess we have now.
Wow. Good to know. I worry about all the female hormones in the water and tell my sons to drink bottled water. Most females are using either birth control pills or HRT (hormone replacement therapy). I feel like that guy in Dr. Strangelove who worried about his precious bodily fluids. I had a few heavy duty pain pills but also had two family members without health insurance and with serious health issues. One was beaten for several hours by a thug. So you know what happened but since even flushing them down the drain is a felony I had better not say anything more on a public forum. NSA might be listening.
Because we are in Afghanistan, where it comes from. Not all our servicemen are choirboys.
This couldn’t possibly have anything at all to do with Afghanistan. Nope, no way.
Dumb down the surplus population; it’s easier to control.
A few notes:
1) A scary element to this is that many of the addicts are middle class and upper-middle class, with far more resources available to them than “traditional” junkies.
2) It has been noted that many addicts switching to heroin think they will just smoke or snort heroin, “but within two weeks they are injecting it.”
3) Much of the heroin entering the US is Mexican brown heroin, and it is relatively inexpensive.
4) The natural and artificial opiate drugs are typically about 20% strength. However, it is expected that in the near future, 100% strength drugs will be available.
The next morning, he couldn't wait to get more.
In my opinion, this isn't a problem that can be solved -- or even controlled -- by laws. Only parents can can teach a child to face his problems without resorting to drugs.
Now, some of those will try valiantly and still fail. But upbringing is the only answer.
My stepbrother died of an OD at 20.
Drugs are evil.
I am so sorry to hear about your family member that was beaten badly. America is doomed if this evil is not stopped. GOD bless you and I pray that your family member is healing well. Roger on the NSA.
Dope use increasing in New England. Hmmm. I know liberalism is a mental disease but I guess heroin use doesn’t help either.
Better to just toss them is your garbage bag. That won’t contaminate the water supply.
Cause there's azzholes in charge and it's too depressing to be sober/clean?
There’s been no war on drugs, yet. It’s only been a hysterical metaphor. There’s been no open season on dealers and foreign interests involved. History tells us that the time will come.
Last year about this time a kid who OD'd was dumped down the street in a neighbor's bushes. The kids (16-17 years old) were driving around doing hits of heroin. When one of them OD'd the rest of them panicked and dumped his body. They then went on and kept "partying" until one of them got a bit of conscience and reported the dead friend to the police a few days later.
Can you imagine living in a house with a dead body just outside in your bushes and not know it because the cold weather concealed any smell? Uggh....
How China got rid of opium
Now, that was a war on drugs. Communism is not required, of course, but the tactics have been successful in several countries. In essence, everyone gets involved.
People are looking for ways to deal with a hellish world.
In the long term, those who have fallen into drug abuse and then beaten it, have a deeper grip on the meaning of life than those who never have. That is just a fact, but should that translate into a recommendation to abuse drugs... HEAVEN no. However we all have something we abuse due to the evil that attaches to our souls due to that mysterious slip that Christians call the fall of mankind. And beating that abuse will also give us a deeper grip on the meaning of life.
Interesting, but it seemed like anti-western, pro-communist China propaganda.