Overdose Epidemic

HeroinWe are seeing an increase in calls involving persons overdosing on heroin.  If you are old enough, maybe you can recall what a terrible, terrible problem heroin was in the 1970’s.  It is a highly addictive drug that is smoked, snorted or injected.  Many people died as a result of their addiction to it.  And it is making a HUGE comeback.   Here is a USA Today story from today that highlights the kind of thing police are seeing:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/13/parents-overdosed-heroin-mcdonalds-play-area/6367839/

Our undercover officer is telling me that he is surprised how cheap and available it is.  And we aren’t seeing it in inner city type settings as we did in the old days — it is being seen in the suburban communities like ours.  Of late the heroin has been laced with another drug, Fentanyl, and it is killing people.   The Oakland County Health Department sent us information that everyone needs to know about this epidemic.

http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Opioid-Overdose-Prevention-Toolkit/SMA13-4742

Emergency services personnel are being urged to carry an anti-overdose drug.  Here in Auburn Hills our firefighter/paramedics are already equipped with this antidote.

If your child or someone  you know has an addiction to heroin or any other drug you can find help here:

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