A community meeting organized by the Families and Individuals Sharing Hope (FISH) held at the St. Mark’s Catholic Church brought together social workers, chaplains, police officers, and undercover drug agents to warn the community about the growing problem of heroin addiction.
Heroin cannot be considered a new drug as it has become famous in the 70’s, but today, it’s fast becoming an alternative to prescription painkillers for drug users especially in Scott County where obtaining prescribed medications has been made more complicated.
The Southwest Metro Drug Task Force explains that drug addicts are turning to heroin because the substance is much cheaper than prescribed medicines and it is more potent.
An undercover drug agent shared that even kids as young as 14 years old can be hooked on the illicit drug. “It’s in the high school, it’s everywhere. It’s very easy to get,” the agent said. He added that parents should keep an eye on their children and check on their “cell phones, Facebook accounts, room, trash.”
Heroin can be smoked or injected, and its initial effects to a user include a relaxing feeling but it makes the pupils restricted, making it hard to, for instance, drive a vehicle.
To address the problem of heroin addiction, the Scott County Meth Task Force together with the Climb Theater is bringing their heroin lecture in schools to inform kids and the whole community about the dangers of the drug.
FISH says that alcohol and marijuana are the precursors for kids to get into heroin habit. The problem is that heroin drives a user to commit serious offenses to feed their addiction. Most burglaries are often related to heroin use as addicts become desperate to find financial resources to support their habit.
It has been observed that after six to eight hours, heroin users will again clamor for the drug or else they get flu-like symptoms and physical movement becomes difficult.