VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Heroin is the newest trend to hit the Wabash Valley.
The Vigo County Drug Task Force said there's been a substanstial increase in heroin investigations.
Even for teenagers.
"There's issues in Chicago. There's issues in Indianapolis. We're just down river from all of it. We are picking up a lot of traffic on the heroin scene,” said Noah Coley, Hamilton Center.
"If you know the right people, you can get heroin. It's not as hard as it used to be to get,” said Denzil Lewis, Vigo County Drug Task Force.
And the drug is a victim of its own success.
Part of the problem is how addictive it is.
The first time you use heroin, there's an overwhelming relaxation and a intense euphoria.
But you quickly become accustomed to those effects.
"And then the next time they use it, they're not going to get that same effect, so they're going to use more or they're going to use it again and again and again to try and get that same high,” said Lewis.
So how can you know if your teenager is using?
"Most parents will not notice their kid is using drugs until the child is in real trouble. Most parents don't have that training and/or experience to know what to look for,” said Lewis.
But parents aren't completely helpless.
It's all about early detection.
"Kids just don't start out doing a line of heroin or shooting up with heroin. It typically falls a little bit later in drug progressions,” said Coley.
"It's usually a progression. It's usually using tobacco and alcohol, then from there to marijuana, from marijuana to meth, cocaine and heroin,” said Lewis.
For more information about teen drug use or what to do if you suspect your child is doing drugs, check out this website.
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