That’s all it costs for the intense high you first experience with herion. That’s less than a six pack of beer. It’s cheaper than meth or weed, and just as easy to obtain. Oxycotin or Percocet cost $60 a pill. But heroin is only $10 a bag.
Much has been made of the recent rise in heroin deaths. It’s been all over the news. Our community, like most others in the US, is in the midst of another heroin “epidemic”. And everything we think we know about heroin addiction is being challenged. The stereo-typical image of heroin users as skinny, pale, strung-out drop-outs living in dirty high-rise apartments in the big city no longer applies.
This time it’s mostly middle class socialites.
This time the epidemic focuses in the suburbs and small towns, with high school track stars and soccer moms. Often it starts with prescription meds from an injury. Or maybe just some fun at a party. Its ok, because pills are safe, right? They come from a pharmacy.
But then addiction sets in and it gets very expensive, very quickly. What to do, what to do? Heroin, says your dealer. It’s cheap, and it’s the same thing, really. It’s just another form of morphine, just like the Oxy you’ve been popping. Plus, you get a better high. Quicker, more intense. And it’s only ten bucks. Ten bucks. That’s how the soon-to-be valedictorian and the lawyer with a wife and three kids end up with track marks on their arms.
That’s how addiction can destroy a life. Ten bucks at a time.
If you have a loved one struggling with a heroin addiction, call Recovery Resources today. 217-224-6300.
A recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that people aged 12 to 49 who had used prescription pain relievers nonmedically were 19 times more likely to have initiated heroin use. To read more about the link between prescription drug abuse and heroin, click here.