Heroin is Still Stealing our Young Adults

Addict teenager girl.

Probably the very best reason to keep young people from ever starting to use the gateway drugs (alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana) is because of how easy it is to migrate to the use of heroin.

Look at this quote from one of our rehab program graduates: “Using marijuana opened the door to other drugs, other people, I stopped caring about life. I stopped going to school. I didn’t have goals anymore. I got introduced to heroin, cocaine. And I started using that.”

And here’s another: “I started smoking pot to fit in with everybody. And it looked like everybody was having a good time. And they told me ‘nobody’s died from smoking pot.’ So I did it and it progressed into cocaine and heroin and my life was just downhill.”

Nobody can describe this transition better than a person who lived it. But of course, it’s hard to explain this to a teen or young adult that wants to do what his friends are doing – and seeming to have fun while they are doing it.

But the following report from Seattle/King County shows that heroin use and the fatal effects of heroin are still in full force, stealing our promising young people from us:

The results of this research at the University of Washington stated: “Two key findings include continued increases in heroin morbidity and mortality as well as increases in methamphetamine availability and consequences.”

This is a major reason why it’s so important to keep a very vigilant eye on the younger members of your family, ones who may not have fully made up their minds about drug use. If they show signs of having lost control of their use of alcohol or marijuana, the smartest thing you can do is to help them with drug rehab before they are threatened by heroin, cocaine, synthetic drugs or other substances that can take their lives.

Heroin doesn’t care. So you have to. And we have to. Help someone who’s using drinking or smoking pot – now, before they can make it to heroin. Now they have a chance. They may lose that chance when they start using heroin.


Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.