Heroin Use among High School Students on the Rise

Drug Rehab Graduate Michelle

Drugs have become so commonplace that it is rare for a high-school student to not know anyone with a drug problem. Sadly, many high-school students are now turning to heroin as an alternative to prescription painkiller opioids.

There have been many reports in the news about heroin replacing prescription painkillers as a less costly and more accessible alternative. In Kentucky there was a recent article that reported that "heroin has rapidly replaced prescription pain pills as the drug of choice in much of Northern Kentucky and Louisville, raising fears that a heroin scourge will soon ravage the state." There are many similar articles around the nation that show how suburban areas have now been invaded by heroin.

The Metro Louisville Police Department reported that there were 32 heroin-related arrests in 2008. That number skyrocketed to more than 675 in just the first eleven months of 2012. There were also believed to be 54 heroin-related overdose deaths in 2012, according to their initial statistics. And this very dangerous trend has been showing up in Kentucky as well as in numbers of other states. Accidental overdoses involving heroin have climbed steeply. Since 2009 when the Kentucky state medical examiner's office had conducted no autopsies on heroin-related overdose victims, they have reported 22 such autopsies in 2011.

Heroin's Short and Long Term Effects

The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists some of the short and long-term effects of heroin abuse. The short-term ones can include: a rush, depressed breathing, clouded mental functions, and nausea and vomiting.

Some of the long-term effects are:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Abscesses
  • Addiction
  • Infection of heart lining and valves
  • Infectious diseases, for example, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C
  • Collapsed veins, and
  • Arthritis and other rheumatologic problems.

While it has always been known as a highly addictive drug, some reports state that the purity of street-level heroin today makes it an even more difficult drug to quit taking. When one has decided to kick the habit, however, how do you find effective rehab help?

Narconon Offers Help for Any Addicted Person

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program offers effective help for anyone with an addiction problem. The comprehensive eight-phase program includes steps to address both the physical addiction and the mental or emotional aspects that one has to overcome in order to live a drug-free life. The Narconon program includes several life skills courses which can help a recovering addict to learn how to choose better associates, how to communicate effectively and how to confront life's problems successfully. It also includes a common-sense moral guide which one studies and learns to apply to one's life. At the end of the program at Narconon, the person in recovery charts his own path to living drug-free for the rest of his life. The program is so successful that seven of ten Narconon graduates around the world recover lasting sobriety through the program.

Michelle found help at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma to kick her two-year long addiction to heroin. She said her life before Narconon wasn't going anywhere and she was just getting high and getting in trouble. She dropped out of high school, got arrested at least once and ran away to North Carolina with her boyfriend. All they did there she said, was to get high and get in more trouble.

Luckily for Michelle, she arrived at Narconon Arrowhead where she was able to beat her addiction. She said about halfway through the program, she felt she was more in control of her life. She knew she could take charge of her life and could do whatever she wanted to do.

After completing the full Narconon program, Michelle said, "It has given me a whole new outlook on life. I feel like I can do anything I want now. I can confront any problem I have instead of turning to drugs to run away from it. I am going to go back to school and get my life together."

This can be the outcome for your loved one. Rather than face a life of addiction, you can help them to recover long-lasting sobriety with the help of Narconon.

See more reviews:


  • http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/heroin-abuse-addiction/what-are-long-term-effects-heroin-use
  • http://www.kentucky.com/2013/01/25/2490566/heroin-replacing-pain-pills-as.html#storylink=cpy

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