Illinois has been battling a surging heroin problem.

And a story today reveals how a family found out about a heroin addiction too late, and how the addict hid the drug use from his loved ones.

He was a marijuana smoker before he began using heroin. His heroin use increased when he was expelled from school because of his pot smoking.

He was 17 years old.

This is a good story for parents to read and understand how a drug habit can explode into addiction that fast.

Click HERE for the Kane County Chronicle’s story on how the Foley family was blindsided by their son Chris’ heroin addiction.

Teensavers reminds parents that there is a weapon they can use to detect this experimentation before it becomes an addiction.

Teensavers has a 5 panel home drug test, made specifically for families, that detects marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, opiates, and oxycontin.

A 7 panel catches those 5 drugs plus benzodiazepines and ecstasy.

A 12 panel catches those 7 drugs plus methadone, PCP, barbiturates, amphetamines, and tricyclic antidepressants.

All can help detect recreational use before it evolves into a full blown addiction.