Heroin use up amongst Young Adults in San Francisco, Marin, East Bay and Sonoma
All of us in the Treatment industry new when Purdue changed their formula of Oxycontin that Heroin use would skyrocket in the suburbs. What we missed was just how much it would go up.
A government study shows 620,000 people admitted to using heroin in 2011, twice the number in 2003 – it’s mostly being seen in, of all places, suburbia.
“Every part of Bergen County, NJ is touched in some way, shape or form by the heroin epidemic,” said Lt. Thomas Dombroski of the Bergen County, N.J., Prosecutor’s Office as he drove through the leafy suburbs west of New York City.
Bergen County reported 28 overdoses last year, up from previous years. Most of the victims were younger than 22.
In the Suburbs of San Francisco we are seeing similar numbers and in some areas worse. Parent and Family members need to be on the watch for obvious signs,
- Pinned Pupils
- Slurred speech
- “Nodding out” or falling asleep for moments at dinner, on the couch etc.
- Items of value going missing.
- Money missing
- Money constantly being needed.
- New groups of friends
- Being gone at weird hours and having to be some were right now
- Grey look to skin
- Long sleeves on hot days.
These are not all the signs but the major ones. The issues is only going to get worse so please be aware of what and where your kids are.
If you have any question you can call 1st Step Interventions at 707-559-5146