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Heroin: an growing problem in North Carolina

The use of heroin and other opioids appears to be increasing throughout the country, according to Fox8. In the year 2015, these drugs claimed more than 33,000 lives, which was a 72 percent increase from the previous year. Among the states that have experienced a rise in heroin use, North Carolina tops the list along with two others. The epidemic is not limited to particular geographic regions or demographics, and it is continuing to infect communities everywhere.

An effort to track the cause for the growth of this drug's popularity yields no concrete answers. Most of the heroin that ends up in the state originates in Mexico, and it appears to be more readily available now than in the past, but that may not be the cause of the increase. According to North Carolina Health News, rampant use of this drug now occurs in unexpected places. While large, populated cities have a reputation for heroin, it is now being used more frequently in rural settings as well. This could be the result of a lack of intervention methods in those areas, as well as a lack of preparedness for the epidemic.

Heroin use has increased by 50 percent for people between the ages of 18 and 25. This jump may be partially caused by a lack of entertainment for young people in sparsely populated communities. Some young people who experience boredom have found themselves looking to drugs for excitement. Although the greatest increase has taken place within the age group of young adults, statistics show that it has grown to some extent among all ages and across a wide range of income levels. 

 

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