The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that a “bad batch” of heroin distributed in Camden, New Jersey sent 15 people to area hospitals, 12 of them within one hour of the day. The reporter remarks that 14 of the 15 were “suburbanites”, as if that were surprising. We know otherwise — New Jersey’s suburban youth are becoming addicted to prescription pain killers, and finding their way to cheaper, more accessible heroin.
Ira Levy highlighted this trend in June of 2013, and recent government data shows that 80% of heroin abusers started with prescription drugs. It is very important to get treatment for prescription drug addictions as soon as the need is recognized, before more damage is done by heroin for example.