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Heroin isn’t like mold. It doesn’t grow in dark and dingy places.

Heroin is down Main street of Anytown, USA.

The drug that has been portrayed as being a bused by the lowest common denominator or by the wealthy rock legends and movie stars is now being abused by your average teenager and adult in your hometown.

National data from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) shows that the number of teens dying from heroin abuse has skyrocketed. In 1999, 198 people between the ages of 15 and 24 died of a heroin overdose, compared to 510 deaths in 2009. Statistics for 2010 should be expected later this year.

The treatment centers and rehabs are full of heroin addicts. From 4,414 teens in 1999 to more than 21,000 (about 80 percent) in 2009.

As NBC pointed out, the data shows that 90% of teen heroin addicts are white.

NBC spoke with a former Chicago Police Captain, John Roberts, who lost his son to heroin.

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This story is really worth a read.
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