Heroin Threat Hits Suburbia

Beverly White and Bill French (NBC) | August 30, 2011

“They’re not lying when they say you get addicted right away. I started shooting up every single day.”

His name is Robbie, and he is a recovering addict. His frank account made it plain, this was no typical public meeting. Families and advocates came seeking solutions to the rise in heroin abuse.

“In the last year, we had over 100 heroin arrests here in Santa Clarita Valley,” said City Councilman Frank Ferry. “In the last year, we’ve had nine fatalities as a result of heroin.”

Deputies displayed drug scales disguised as cellphones, along with pipes and needles, so parents would know what to look for.

One couple talked on video about their son’s deadly overdose.

“I didn’t know heroin was in Santa Clarita Valley,” said a tearful mother. “I didn’t know you could do it once and that would be it.”

The night was mostly about shattering stereotypes.

“It took my son from graduating with honors as a senior to being arrested three times for stealing to support his habit,” said Krissy McAfee, who lost her son to heroin.

“There’s no common thread,” said Kathy Hunter from the Hart Union School District. “It was all over the place with ethnicity, socioeconomic background, academic performance.”

Read more at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Heroin-Threat-Hits-Suburbia-128726188.html

Photo credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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    plp can be pretty stupid for doing stupid drugs

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