Heroin Abuse Rising

Wyoming has recently seen a sharp increase of heroin abuse within its borders. The problem began when some people became addicted to prescription painkillers. They could have been taking the painkiller for an injury or maybe someone told them that pills were good for recreational use. Either way, once they were addicted, they soon realized that painkillers were far more expensive than heroin so they began looking for a source so they could lay their hands on this cheaper drug.

Despite the state’s remoteness and rural character, heroin dealers made their way to Wyoming to distribute their deadly wares. A bag of heroin can be sold for far more in Wyoming than in Salt Lake City, making the region irresistible to someone who does not care about the loss of life that might result from each sale. 

By and large, Wyoming families are not prepared to protect their children from this newly-arrived threat. This makes it vital that schools and community groups reach parents and youth to warn them of the threat posed by heroin and prescription drugs.

“There seems to be a perception that if a company makes it, and a doctor prescribes it and a pharmacist gives it to you, that it somehow is OK,” Haller said. “And we have to let those that we’re responsible for — our kids — know that it’s not OK, that these drugs do kill.” 

Please contact us today for free educational materials on the signs of drug abuse. Education is the first step to preventing future drug abuse and addiction. 

See our list of heroin abuse signs that follows. Knowing the signs of heroin abuse could save someone from traveling down the road of drug addiction. If you spot these signs, call today to speak with one of our certified addiction specialists and get the help you’re looking for.

Signs of Heroin Abuse:

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Frequently asking for money
  • Missing items of value
  • Decline in personal hygiene
  • Dropping responsibilities
  • Becoming reclusive
  • Being sleepy or fatigued most of the time
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy nose or skin
  • Needle marks on arms or legs
  • Sudden flu symptoms that go away without explanation