Quick facts about heroin:
- A tiny, one-dose bag of heroin costs $5 to $10 and is cheaper than highly controlled synthetic opiates like Oxycontin or Hydrocodone and is easily accessible to teenagers.
- A bag of heroin can be cheaper than a six pack of beer.
- Teenagers are snorting it, smoking it, getting hooked faster (today's heroin is upwards of 70% pure as compared to 10% pure a generation ago) and overdosing more.
- You can overdose on heroin the very first time you use it.
- Children as young as 12 are using heroin.
- Heroin arrests have risen 91% in Nassau County between 2005 and 2008.