Drug Counselor Video Transcription
“Chicago and its suburban counties continue to suffer the worst heroin problem in America according to a new study. Nearly 24,000 people in the area were admitted to hospitals in 2008 due to heroin, more than any of the other twelve major cities in the study. This study released in June of 2010 by the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University also showed that overdose deaths from heroin were rising quickly in the suburbs, and also that more inmates in Cook County Jail have been testing positive for the drug.
There are four main circumstances that contribute to the increased use. First, the demographics have expanded. It used to be thought that most heroin users were Vietnam veterans and African-American males. But in the last twenty years, we’ve seen a much broader group, starting with the eighteen- to 24-year-olds in the suburbs and in the Caucasian population.
Second, the increased availability. It continues to be more widely accessible to a broader population and it contributes to the increase of the use of heroin. Heroin is more available than ever before. It comes from four main sources: Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, South America, and Mexico; and Chicago, being a transportation hub, has access into this area.
Finally, there’s decreased cost. Kids can now try heroin for less than $10.00 and if they’re lucky, they’ll never try it again. Heroin is cheap but most that try heroin get hooked. People find that the inexpensive drug is something they think they can control, but they end up not being able to stop their use because of the highly addictive nature of heroin.”