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Study Sheds Light on Young Suburban Heroin Users
Date:10/18/2011

They tried heroin after experimenting with many other drugs.

Researchers found that for some, heroin use started early.  Twenty percent of the group reported their first heroin use at age 15, though the average age of first use was 18.  The majority of the interviewees reported little or no knowledge about heroin dependence or the withdrawal syndrome associated with it. More than 75% of respondents either self-reported or exhibited signs of a co-occurring mental health condition during the interview process including depression, anxiety, ADHD or bipolar disorder.

In addition, among the 105 suburban parents who were surveyed for the study, nearly 50 percent said they did not know where to go to get accurate drug information. Robert Crown Center CEO Kathleen Burke commented, "The message here is that educators, parents and other influencers must paint an accurate and authentic picture of the risks and harm associated with heroin in order to reach youth.  Families need more information to create open lines of communication, so that young people have a safe place to talk about their problems and pain without turning to heroin."

For more information contact:
Joan Drummond Olson
Director of Communications
(630) 325-1900 ext. 10, jdolson@robertcrown.org


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