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Smart Talk: Top story of 2014 -- heroin and prescription drug use grows

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 29, 2014 2:21 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, December 30, 2014:

The resurrection of heroin in Central Pennsylvania was one of the top stories of 2014, but it wasn’t just heroin that was being abused.  As we learned on Smart Talk this year, most heroin users started with prescription drugs. 

A report issued this fall by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania estimated that 34,000 teenagers try heroin each year.

Part of the reason is its cheap -- buyers can purchase a small bag in Central Pennsylvania for $5-$10.

Those who work in law enforcement and treatment say there often isn't the stigma attached to heroin users that there once was.

A prime example of how widespread the danger of heroin is is that more than 50 people have died from heroin overdoses in York County so far this year.  In 2013, there were a total of 17 heroin overdoses deaths during the entire year.

That same Center for Rural Pennsylvania report found that 80% of those addicted to heroin used prescription drugs first.  Painkillers like Oxycontin and Vicodin were usually the drugs of choice.

As part of WITF's Real Life Real Issues; Drugs and Young People project, Tuesday's Smart Talk focuses on heroin and prescription medication abuse.

Appearing on the program are Glenys DiLissio, director of Perry Human Services, Erin Pressel of Gaudenzia Treatment and Recovery, and David Sunday, Chief Deputy Prosecutor and head of the Heroin Drug Task Force in the York County District Attorney's office.

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  • Noel Pierce img 2014-12-30 09:50

    I'd like to hear more about why "Scared Straight" programs don't work versus what does work and why. I'm many folks would like more insight on the details of what actually works.
    Thanks for your time.