Is the Next US Drug Trend Going to be Heroin?

opium poppy field

The Washington Post just published an article that could be predicting a terrifying trend. According to an April 6th article, Mexican farmers are pulling out their marijuana crops and planting heroin poppies instead. So cheap heroin (far cheaper than prescription painkillers) has been increasingly found crossing the border.

Here’s what I am concerned about. As more states authorize the use of marijuana for medical or recreational use, there will be more of that drug in circulation. Prices will come down. That is, of course, the main reason Mexican farmers are changing their crops. They want a crop with a higher price attached. What would a savvy businessman in the drug business do? Offer another product that might appeal to someone already using alcohol or marijuana that will make the farmer more money.

If you think that a person using alcohol and/or marijuana won’t be interested in heroin, please take a look at this quote from a recent interview with a Narconon graduate. You’ll see just how easy it is to migrate from pot or alcohol to heroin.

“…and before I knew it we were sitting in my car freebasing, and then he’s like, so man, we just did heroin. And I was like, what?…”
kid smoking marijuana

“I first started using pot regularly with friends in high school, they were doing it, that’s how that started for me, when I was 17 or 18 years old. We’d sit around and smoke pot and drink beers in my buddy’s garage. As far as the transition from smoking pot every day at that point for me, to using harder drugs, I had run into somebody who said hey, I’ve got some opium and I’m thinking, opium, that’s cool, it’s like pot times ten, and before I knew it we were sitting in my car freebasing, and then he’s like, so man, we just did heroin. And I was like, what? You know what I mean because I had no idea. But it felt incredible, and I was like, oh, cool.”

If this is a coming trend, there is no time to waste. Yes, a person can be addicted to marijuana. If you care about someone who can’t control their usage of the drug and who is suffering loss and harm because of their drug abuse or drinking, get them help now, before these new batches of heroin arrive in your neighborhood.



Karen Hadley

For more than a decade, Karen has been researching and writing about drug trafficking, drug abuse, addiction and recovery. She has also studied and written about policy issues related to drug treatment.