This year's favorite drug

Discussion
Sep 18, 2014

Heroin is coming back to the United States, and it's taking over. Cities around the country have reported an increase in the amounts of heroin on the streets. Officials in the Chicago have reported that, although CHicago has long had a problem with this lethal drug, it has seemed to get worse over the past year. Jack Riley, a special agent in the Chicago field division of the DEA said "I've never seen it this bad. I’ve seen what it does to families, communities, educational settings, healthcare. It’s enormous" (http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/americas-heroin-epidemic/how-heroin-flo...). We know that this is becoming an increasing problem across the country. The question now lies in how we are going to deal with this.
In New Jersey, a group of state legislators is working to pass a series of laws to help drug users overcome their addictions and to raise education about the subject. This legislature came about due to the increase of opiates on the streets of the United States, and it is gaining ground. The need for this is obvious, as, according to an article from New Jersey, " at least 557 people died from heroin overdoses in 2013" (http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/09/state_legislators_to_announ...). This isn't just about fighting against drug lords. This is about saving lives. Heroin kills, and we need to put a lid on this epidemic before it has a chance to do even more damage than it already has.