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A Heroin and Prescription Drug Epidemic in Pennsylvania

Three steps you can take to protect your family

There was a recent article about heroin addiction in The Mercury that might scare any parent of an adolescent or young adult. Law enforcement officers are reporting an increase in the use and abuse of heroin and related prescription drugs across all social classes in Reading and the surrounding tri-county area.

Heroin is processed from morphine which in turn comes from the poppy plant. Heroin is highly addictive. According to the article, authorities are seeing more heroin use among college students and teenagers than in years past. Many of these young people start with other morphine-based prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, and codeine that they find at home. When pills become too expensive, they often turn to heroin.

Law enforcement officials report that most crimes in Montgomery County are drug-related, often perpetrated by drug addicts seeking a way to get money to buy drugs.

You can help keep your kids safe by taking these three important steps:

  1. Talk to your kids about the dangers of drugs. Kids who learn about the hazards of drug abuse from their parents are less likely to use dangerous and addictive drugs.
  2. Keep prescription drugs in a safe place and dispose of drugs you do not need. Remove the temptation to experiment with dangerous drugs.
  3. Know who your children’s friends are and where they hang out. Many youths who start taking drugs get them from friends.

While there are no guarantees in life, these tips can help you protect your family from the ravages of drug abuse. If you or your child is already facing drug charges, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you stop the downward spiral, stay out of jail and get the help you need.

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