HEROIN - The New Drug of Choice
Heroin is the new drug of choice. It is very easy to get and less expensive than marijuana. It only takes one heroin use to become an abuser and ruin lives.
Today, addiction is recognized as a Substance Use Disorder (SUDS) and is affecting many young people. Those who have SUDS are victims of the real problem; the seller, the pusher, the drug dealer. The person who has this disorder needs love and understanding from family and friends. They need serious help. The drug dealers are the ones we need off of the streets. If you see something, say something. You never know when someone is going to offer drugs to your kids.
What To Look For
A heroin user may get a very dry mouth, flushed skin and their hygiene may suffer. Their pupils become pin points and they may nod off suddenly. Their thinking will be clouded and they can become forgetful. Their decision-making and self-controlare likely to deteriorate. They will steal and they will lie. They may have unexplained itching, nausea and vomiting. Opiate abusers also often suffer from constipation and they may experience infections of the skin, other types of infections and their immune system will weaken to other illnesses.
Things to look for, other than the physical signs mentioned above, include laxatives or laxative packages or bottles. Heroin can be injected, smoked, or snorted so depending on the method used, you may find paraphernalia of drug use left behind. You might find parts of the drug itself, a powdery or crumbly substance that is off-white to dark brown. Black tar heroin is mostly black and is sticky instead of powdery. If you find syringes or small glass, metal pipes, aluminum foil, dirty spoons, blackened spoons, spoons missing, belts or rubber tubing, chances are that someone you love has Substance Use Disorder. Help them and do not be ashamed of them or to ask your friends and family for understanding and kindness. The worst thing people can do is turn their backs on you during this time.
If someone in your family is diagnosed with cancer they are surrounded with love and people you know will do everything they can to help. Someone with Substance Use Disorder deserves the same love and understanding. They are sick. Do not call the police, call a doctor.
The person with SUDS needs you. The person who supplies the drug needs prison.
If you would like to learn more about how we, as a community, can battle heroin (and other drugs being used by teens including alcohol and prescription drugs) join us at the monthly meetings
of the Hendricks County Substance Abuse Task Force.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to spread the word to yiour friends and families about this issue.
Hendricks County Sheriff's Department