There’s a problem with the readily-available information on statistics related to America’s drug abuse and drug overdose situation. And this problem could be skewing the way many of us perceive this situation and reducing our sense of urgency in seeking effective solutions.
We often ask questions such as “Why has the U.S. drug problem been going on for so long?” We might look for the answer in the fact that nearly every year we are exposed to a new drug (or two or three).
We have all likely heard of heroin, the drug whose very name inspires thoughts of sorrow and despair when we hear it spoken. Heroin’s wicked web of addiction and dependence of millions of people over the years has built a thoroughly bad reputation for this life-threatening drug.
The growing heroin problem in this country is overwhelming public health departments. Not a day goes by that I don’t see a news article about a state or county that is trying to come to grips with overdose deaths and drug trafficking.
Heroin used to be a drug that was mostly associated with the inner city or with groups on the fringes of society. Now, heroin is increasingly becoming a drug that can be found in the residential communities that so many of the families in this country call home.
Heroin is no longer reserved for haggard, zombie-like junkies huddled in the shadows of back alleys–it’s everywhere. It’s even creeping into suburban living rooms and teenage bedrooms through the Internet, bringing with it an unexpected side effect: overdose.