Teen Heroin Use Jumps In Suburban Chicago Towns


Nate Korbal, 17, of Hinckley, Il., west of Chicago wanted to die after heavy drinking and pot smoking, says the Chicago Tribune. Then a friend introduced him to heroin, which in the last 10 years has grown from a novelty to a plague in suburban Chicago. The young especially are drawn to its cheap price, its easy availabilit,y and its reputation as the atom bomb of narcotics. “It’s a numbing drug but it makes you feel like a million dollars,” says a 23-year-old addict. “You do it and you get a rush-you feel good, your body’s numb, you get no aches and pains. You’re in a state where nothing bothers you.”

He added; “It basically turns you to do evil things. It turned me to do things I never thought I’d do.” The Tribune tells the story of Korbal and other young heroin addicts. It was once primarily a city problem, but the trickle of suburban users has become a surge: Nearly 6,000 were hospitalized because of the drug in 2004, a three-fold increase since 1995. Over the last five years, Chicago police have nearly doubled their arrests of heroin buyers coming from suburban counties.

Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0602260514feb26,1,413615.story?coll=chi-news-hed

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