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Prescription painkillers are a gateway to heroin, say law enforcement experts

Recently in this blog, we reported on the rise in heroin use among teenagers who live in New Hampshire's seacoast community, noting multiple incidents that had occurred within a relatively short period of time.

According to an article published by First Coast News, a Florida media outlet, this alarming trend isn't unique to New England - it's happening across the United States. The source suggests that the reason behind this is the increase in people using and abusing prescription painkillers such as OxyContin over the past decade or so. In response to this, drug companies, clinics and law enforcement agencies began implementing measures to make it more difficult for individuals to obtain these drugs, so those who had become addicted to them sought out a cheaper alternative: heroin.

Although heroin was once known as an urban drug, it has slowly made its way into suburban areas, notes the source, and it's also causing an increase in crime in some parts of the country, as addicts will resort to acts of desperation if it means they can make some fast cash.

"You look for your next hit or your next high," says Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack. "You have to have money to do that, so they look for quick-turn items like jewelry and electronics," he said, noting that these assailants then sell them immediately so they can purchase more heroin.

If your child has been accused of a crime like drug possession, be sure to enlist the help of an experienced New Hampshire criminal lawyer. These professionals can work on your behalf to ensure that your teenager doesn't suffer from a mistake like this.

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