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  1. torachi
    Call it "boy" or "dog food," but heroin is a growing problem in central Ohio and throughout the state, a new report says.

    The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network, which compiles information from eight regions in the state, assesses the type of drugs and quantities available statewide. The report distributed by the Ohio Department of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Services covers June 2010 through January 2011.

    In all eight regions, including Columbus, the study says there is "an increased availability of heroin." Black tar heroin is the most common form of the drug in central Ohio, although a brown powder version is available in other parts of the state.

    More troubling is who is using the powerful and addictive drug.

    In Cincinnati, new heroin users are "likely to be 15 to 18 years old, white and often female."

    In the Columbus region, 14- to 29-year-olds are showing up for treatment for heroin addiction, the report said. Many are switching to heroin from prescription opioids.

    Information for the study came from law-enforcement sources; statistical data from courts, coroners and other sources; and active and recovering drug users in treatment programs.

    Law-enforcement officials said the heroin business is increasingly being run by Mexican drug cartels that find demand shooting up because people hooked on prescription painkillers are switching to more powerful drugs. In addition, crack cocaine dealers are switching to selling heroin, the report said.

    Crack cocaine, in both rock and powder form, is still available but less in demand as heroin rises in popularity.Known on the street as "boy" and "dog food," heroin can be purchased for as little as $10 a dose.

    The highly publicized problem with abuse of prescription drugs is well-documented in the study. Drugs sold under the brand names OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin are widely available as street drugs.

    A related problem showing up is illegal street sales of Suboxone, frequently prescribed to help drug addicts get off heroin, the report said. The administration of Gov. John Kasich recently touted Suboxone and expanded its use in treatment programs.

    However, the report said addicts are also using it more often as a bridge drug to avoid withdrawal when heroin is scarce.

    Marijuana continues to be the most available drug in Ohio and is "available on nearly any street corner or within minutes of a phone call to a dealer." Use of the drug "transcends age, gender and race."

    Lesser-known drugs being used in Ohio are Ecstasy, a synthetic drug with hallucinogenic effect; LSD; psilocybin mushrooms; and prescription drugs for ADHD treatment such as Adderall and Ritalin.

    The study said the drugs are often used in combination with alcohol or other prescription drugs, such as medication for erectile dysfunction.

    Saturday, April 23, 2011 03:07 AM
    BY ALAN JOHNSON
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    http://www.dispatch.com/live/conten...in-habit-grows-among-ohios-youth.html?sid=101

    The original report has been uploaded to the archives.

Comments

  1. FreeBliss
    There was a special on intervention called "hillbilly heroin" Talking about alot of oxy being done in ohio. They made it seem ohio had a higher rate of use then other places idk but that would explain heroin use.
  2. Descartesx
    As it stands, heroin is cheaper and more potent than other prescription opiates ( oxycodone ) and will find favour with those who are regular users. My fox believes that heroin is not the problem here, but more complex issues- if its not just heroin being used.
  3. ipod
    Someone I know is from NE Ohio, he lives in a small black hole of a town in the middle of nowhere (go figure, right? ). He says he is into the opi scene, but it is almost impossible to find heroin in his area. It might be a result of being 45-60 mins from almost any where. Or it could be that everyone around loves pills, but "wouldn't touch heroin if their life depended on it".

    There is plenty of pill use, as an above poster said mostly oxy. That changed after the OPs came out, now everyone is into opanas or suboxone, taking vics or percs when nothing else is around. But there is never h in his area. I would think if it was becoming a huge problem in Ohio he would have seen it. But his town always seems to be a few years behind, so maybe it just hasn't caught on there yet. I dunno, just my 2¢
  4. SlightlyBitter
  5. kailey_elise
    Interesting. Early on in the series, there was a special Intervention that was narrated by Donnie Wahlberg (who's from Dorchester, a town in Boston, MA) based on the Heroin abuse epidemic among young people (like, 21 & under) on the South Shore in Massachusetts - I think it was mostly based in Brockton, MA, specifically. But it all started with Percocet & Vicodin, graduated to OxyContin and then over to Heroin. There have been an obscene amount of overdose deaths of young people here.
    Oh, I'm sure it's there, he just hasn't found the "right" opioid crowd. Yet. And during the "migration" of the pill users to Heroin users, there's a lot of "Oh, I'd NEVER touch Heroin!" talk going on in "public", even as they've already made the switch in private. People get nervous about being the first one in the crowd to be "out" about their Heroin use.

    It's so sad overall, and how the ages seem to get younger & younger.

    ~Kailey
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