The recreational use of drugs in western culture seems to have gone by and somewhat accepted as a right of passage from youth to adult but one drug
above all does far more damage to lives through the painful almost unbreakable grip of addiction. And far more are now finding themselves trapped in
this addiction and it is not just the poor this time...
A growing and purer supply of heroin, and new efforts to tailor the drug to a middle-class customer base, are combining to create what some health
officials in the United States and abroad fear is a deadly new trend of addiction in America.
Chicago may well illustrate the complexity of what some call a high-purity heroin epidemic and its impact on the nation as a whole. For one scholar
studying heroin use there, it's time to adjust the popular perception of exactly who heroin addicts are.
"The user of today is not the user of the 1970s," said Kathleen Kane-Willis, assistant director of Roosevelt University's Institute for
Metropolitan Affairs and lead author of a study last year on heroin use in Chicago. "The user of today defies the traditional stereotype of being
minority, urban, male and poor."
In Chicago, 'demographics have shifted' The Roosevelt study found that in 2002 there were almost 13,000 heroin-related visits to Chicago-area
hospital emergency rooms - the highest number in the United States for the fifth straight year.
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Heroin is not one of those drugs one can simply play with. It can bring destruction to anyone who tempts this fate, as well as many other drugs.
We all may see times in life where we seek to escape a painful existence or just to get high and have fun. But illegal drugs of all types come with
consequences and none are good. Heroin is one of the worst. ask anyone who has tried to escape this addiction. It is much better to just be high on
life in my view.
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Getting off drugs
[Edited on 31-5-2004 by UM_Gazz]
[Edited on 5-31-2004 by Valhall]