Abuse of heroin and opioids is something that often starts in adolescence, according to SUNY Upstate Medical Center addiction expert Dr. Brian Johnson. He said the illegal drug industry begins targeting middle schoolers, so they become addicted by the time they’re out of high school.
“The industry wants to recruit children,” Johnson said. “It’s a pediatric disease. By the time some of these kids get to college, the college [health care providers] say they’ve had this addiction for several years and it’s entrenched.”
He said one way to deal with this is to be more aware.
With heroin abuse raging among young adults and in rural communities, New York's senior senator is calling for a new state-wide database to be created so local law enforcement agencies can better track the drug's use.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says a database for heroin hospitalizations and arrests would be the first in the nation.
"The problem is that the increase in heroin abuse - it was going down for a long time, now it’s going up - so we have to catch up," Schumer told reporters Wednesday.
The market for a drug that has exploded onto the scene this year could soon be closed. Federal legislation could help lead to the end of bath salts, synthetic marijuana and other synthetic hallucinogens on the streets today.
US Senator Charles Schumer expects President Obama to sign the legislation that bans bath salts and other deadly synthetic substances. It's already passed the Senate and the House.