Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Despite drug war, heroin use is growing in the U.S.

The U.S. has already spent $1 trillion on the drug war, but drug traffic increases in the country

by Eduardo Graça -

Despite the trillion dollars spent on the drug war, the United States continues living with the epidemic of heroin use. According to the annual report of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health Institute (NSDUH), there was a significant increase in trafficking throughout the country. And additionally: the expansion from major urban centers migrated to the deep corners of America.

In North Carolina, dealers offer "special packages" to the noble residents of nearby areas of Charlotte. In the rich northeast, the Northern New England Poison Center has announced a burst of overdose cases in the states of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), one in five patients seeking hospitalization in public hospitals in Minnesota do because of an addiction to heroin or its derivatives.

"Heroin use is impressive. I have never seen anything like this before in the state. It is a relatively inexpensive drug with a high level of purity. And it is surprising the increase of cases in locations distant from Minneapolis and Saint Paul. They now appear in the more sleepy areas, like Lake Woebegone " said Carol Falkowski, of NIDA.

In addition to the closure of clinics and ithe ncrease in the sales restriction of synthetic drugs, the sudden increase of heroin is connected, according to experts, to the reduction of the budget and household income of American families. While 80 milligrams of oxycodone cost 80-100 dollars a pill, a dose of heroin costs $9 in major American cities.

"The new users and dealers are mostly young people between 17 and 29 years of age.  Consumers seek heroin for economic reasons, because it achieves a greater effect using less than painkillers purchased at the pharmacy with a prescription," said Amy Roderick to the media, for the anti-drug agency.
registered in: United States.

Heroin is an opioid drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance, known as "black tar heroin."

Street Names

Smack, H, ska, junk

Short-term effects of heroin include a surge of euphoria and clouded thinking followed by alternately wakeful and drowsy states. Heroin depresses breathing, thus, overdose can be fatal. Users who inject the drug risk infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

Translated from the Portuguese version by:

Lisa Karpova