The United States is experiencing a rise in deaths related to drug overdoses and heroin epidemic. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of opioid overdoses resulting in death. ABC recently aired a special on heroin addiction treatment. The special investigation Breaking Point: Heroin in America reported by David Muir focused on how heroin affect individuals and the community of New Hampsire’s lives. The need for heroin addiction treatment and awareness is real.
“When you realize that nearly everyone you meet has been touched by the drug in some way, that’s really eye-opening,” said Muir in a story posted by ABC News.
Heroin is everywhere from middle class neighborhoods, gated communities and in the high schools. One in every eleven kids says it “would be easy to get heroin,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
At Southside Middle School in Manchester, New Hampshire, several sixth grade students, between the ages of 11 and 12 years old, told ABC News’ David Muir that they’re used to seeing heroin needles near where they live.
Chris Hickey ( EMS ) created a type of ” Scared Straight ” style of presentation on heroin and the dangers that come with it. This has now become a part of the curriculum in Manchester school to bring awareness around heroin addiction and the heroin epidemic. Chris began giving his speeches in 2015 in high schools, but soon realized that younger teens were encountering this drug. He quickly began teaching in middle school this year.