“It’s a good way to escape, but the problems, they are always there.”

One more enclave of woes has been uncovered here in New York; it seems that heroin usage is heightening while the users’ ages are shrinking. Today, more New Yorkers in their teens and early 20’s are becoming addicted to this  soul crushing substance. Heroin, like many other narcotics, claims the lives of many of its users. Cara Buckley wrote about the rise of heroin-addicted youth on Long Island in her September 25, 2009 article “Young and Suburban, and Falling for Heroin”. She mentions that, in relation to other popular drugs such as cocaine, heroin is cheaper and longer lasting.

In this economic recession, many people have had to let go of some comforts. Surely, this is felt by more than just one group, but it trickles down even to children, whose parents are worrying how they will pay their rent or send them to college in the coming years. It seems that now would be a time where some people, desperate to make ends meet would be more inclined to sell drugs, and some people, facing these heightened pressures would be more inclined to use. An article which elaborates on this idea is written roughly one year ago is, “Recession leads to drugs and depression,” by John Hurlburt.

If this becomes a public struggle as it was in the 1970’s, New York would suffer a dramatic change from its current standing as the safest big city in the United States, reports the FBI. The 1970’s heroin epidemic existed in a dirty crime ridden New York, amid a fiscal crisis. “In the ’70s, a bag of heroin — enough to get a user high once — cost $30 and was about 28-percent pure. Today, it’s 80 percent to 90 percent pure, which makes it powerfully addictive, and it sells for $4 a bag — cheaper than a six-pack of beer,” reports Anthony Brooks in his 2004 article, “Heroin in America.”

Hopefully the current fiscal crisis, will soon join the past.

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