Monday, March 17, 2008

Heroin use spikes in Lake County

Heroin use spikes in Lake County

Lake County law enforcement officials say they're seeing a disturbing trend: an increase in heroin traffic.
The evidence county officials point to is the amount of heroin seized and several overdose deaths so far this year...
"It's something we are definitely keeping our eye on," he said. "It seems like it's becoming more popular out here."

As I am quoted in the article: “I am really concerned” (I think it is more a throw away quote so they could use my data). My intent of the longer quote I gave him was that if this is indeed a trend of increased heroin use and death it is concerning on many levels.

Beyond just the toll of the heroin itself, its use is associated with increased participation in crime and violence, certainly negatively impacting the community. To address this problem we need a multipronged approach with targeted law enforcement, and social prevention programs with treatment availability, to mention just a few parts of the attack. We must also be mindful that this is but one of the many problems that need to be addressed, but if we look for commonalities in approaches we might be able work effectively using a broadened scope and work under a rubric of community healing and wellness beyond individual wellness.

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