Heroin addiction too often conjures images of nasty, back-alley shooting dens. During the last decade, the combination of new, powerful prescription pain medications diverted for street use and cheaper, stronger heroin has exploded into a public health epidemic.
It reaches into every community in Massachusetts. Abuse of prescription opiates and heroin addiction kills nearly 2 people every day in Massachusetts. It does not discriminate by race, class or age. An important step in addressing this problem is to recognize its scope. More information on some of our efforts to curb this problem is available at www.norfolkda.com, but today, I invite you to meet the face of heroin addiction in 2012:
If you know someone who needs treatment, there are several ways to get help.