What are the facts about heroin?

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.

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1. What is heroin?
2. What are the facts about heroin?
3. Who uses heroin?
4. How is heroin used?
5. What is the attraction of heroin?
6. What are the long-term consequences of heroin use?
7. Is there a connection between prescription drugs and heroin?
8. How can I prevent my child from becoming addicted?
9. How to know when someone needs help?
10. What kind of treatment services are there?
11. How do I make an intervention happen?
12. What is the mission of the Herion Prevention Task Force?
13. Where can I find some resources related to heroin abuse?
14. Where can I find information to share with my teen about heroin abuse?
15. How do I contact the Heroin Prevention Task Force?