A national trend is being noticed in Albany. Heroin usage is up as evident from numbers out of hospitals, treatment facilities, and District Attorneys offices. This cheap but potent drug is on the rise once again and police are taking note.
According to the Times Union, community leaders include District Attorney David Soares are doing their part to make the people aware of what is, once again, a growing problem. The growing number of users seems to be coming from the suburbs where heroin was traditionally an inner city drug in the past.
St. Peter’s treatment center is said to have seen a 42% increase of heroin cases from 2007 to 2008. Overall, in New York State, the jump was 5% from 2007 to 2009. This is a trend being seen across the country in large cities, small towns, and suburbs alike.
D.A. Soares states his belief is that the growing cases of prescription drug abuse within the suburban communities are introducing both adults and children to opiates. This leads them to seek out heroin, a cheaper and often more available opiate high.
Also credited with the rise: the cost. Heroin has always been considered a cheap high when compared with things like cocaine, but the pricing differences have become even more pronounced over the past few years.
In addition to filling treatment beds, heroin usage can also fill jail cells and the courts. In our state, there is no misdemeanor possession charge applicable for heroin. If you are caught with heroin, you will be charged with a felony.
Drug charges should always be taken seriously. Even what appears to be the most minor drug charge can end up changing your future.