Analysis: The Heroin Epidemic

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The Heroin Epidemic
The current heroin epidemic is just as bad and just as scary as the cocaine epidemic. The epidemics have their similarities, however, they have many differences as well. The heroin epidemic started in America around 2013. From 2003 to 2013 the amount of heroin-related deaths had already risen an astonishing 286 percent, and those numbers have not slowed down. Heroin is currently the cheapest its been in a long time which means that it is a drug almost anyone has access to. Unlike the Cocaine epidemic, it is not a fashionable drug for staying alerted and it is not a fashionable drug. The epidemic is also not the product of an influx in the drug in the United States. The main reason behind the heroin epidemic in America is our own doctors “Doctors became very vigilant about diagnosing pain and prescribing pain medication, and you can see a huge uptick in a number of opiate prescriptions,”(Dr. Elizabeth Drew). What this means is that doctors have been prescribing more opioid-based drugs such as codeine and oxycontin. After doctors prescribe these powerful painkillers patients develop an addiction to the drug, and because heroin is an opioid and related
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With a number of users, there is a number of dealers in every area selling. Police have begun actively looking for heroin dealers to lock up. However, we learned from the cocaine epidemic that locking up everyone who has the drug is only a temporary band-aid especially because heroin addiction can be even more serious. If you put a user in jail for using often times the sentence will not be long enough to get them clean, and after they do their time they will go right back to using. Also, the demand will never stop and new dealers will always be popping up when others fall. The drug dealing business is a whole system in itself and if one dealer falls other dealers and groups will only capitalize off of the fall of another

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