I grew up and live in central New Jersey and saw heroin 30 years ago but not like it is today ["Heroin Hits the Suburbs Hard Amid Wave of Drug Abuse by Teens and 20-Somethings," usnews.com]. It is different because of Oxycontin. This drug was introduced for cancer patients, but now doctors give it to anybody. People get hooked on Oxycontin then go up to Newark to buy heroin on the streets for a fifth of the cost.
Comment by Bob of NJ
Maybe some attention will be paid to putting away drug dealers and treating heroin addiction now that the addicts' faces are of white, middle-class teens and 20-somethings from the suburbs.
Comment by Deb of NY
Five years? Please, 20 years ago I was invited to a girl's house whose parents went away. She told me I might not be into the scene and once I got there she was right. Her friends were all doing dope—heroin, not pot. Don't fool yourself into believing this is a new thing.
Comment by Pat of NJ
Substance abuse is our No. 1 health issue. It is insidious, when it affects our children, and it's even more of a challenge when it strikes the suburbs. Hopefully a comprehensive plan of action emerges. Treatment works and must be included, but to be effective it must be available, affordable, and dynamic (alternative models). The same old medical model is not for everyone. It is a real shame to see parents mortgage their homes, max out credit cards, or drain their 401(k)s for ineffective hope.
Comment by Dan Callahan of NY