Traditionally, heroin comes in the form of a white powder or sticky brown substance. Most users either snort or inject the drug. but police have recently found heroin disguised as Percocet in the form of a pill. This delivery method is often less scary for younger people who wind up trying it and becoming hooked.
It is also dangerous for regular users who might think that it is a painkiller and wind up using more than they suspected due to the potential potency of the heroin compared to the oxycodone. Either way, it presents another hurdle that must be jumped in the fight to save people from addiction.
“You don’t’ have any tracks. You don’t have any paraphernalia. And that spells disaster not only for law enforcement, but for families and society as a whole,” explained Tom Collins, a police chief in Northern Kentucky, an area that has seen the pills first hand.
Kentucky has been hit hard with first the prescription painkiller epidemic and now the growing heroin problem as well. As treatment centers and ER’s continue to fill up with heroin users, and the number of overdose deaths keeps rising, it is very clear that more education and awareness programs are needed to help prevent people from becoming addicted.
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