Heroin: 2 Compelling Videos

"Heroin deaths have dramatically increased in Georgia over the last five years. Today heroin users come from all backgrounds including the affluent and well educated.”
– Vernon Keenan, Director of Georgia Bureau of Investigations

Chasing Heroin - PBS special

A searing, two-hour investigation places America’s heroin crisis in a fresh and provocative light -- telling the stories of individual addicts, but also illuminating the epidemic's years-in-the-making social context, deeply examining shifts in U.S. drug policy, and exploring what happens when addiction is treated like a public health issue, not a crime.

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Inside the Triangle - News Series

In the past six years, the number of heroin-related deaths has gone up by 3844% in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties. The GBI confirms the fastest growing rate of heroin-related deaths is in a cluster of Atlanta's northern wealthy suburbs. Atlanta news station 11 Alive produced a four part series called "Inside the Triangle" to unveil this growing epidemic.

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  • Heroin overdose deaths nationally have increased by 173% during the period of 2010 to 2013, and now more than 8,250 people die annually from heroin overdoses;
  • People who abuse prescription drugs have increasingly substituted heroin for the prescription painkillers because the heroin doses are substantially cheaper and yield similar effects;
  • Mexican drug trafficking cartels, which dominate the country’s illegal drug market, are increasingly transitioning to heroin, replanting marijuana fields in Mexico with opium to produce more potent, powder-form heroin to meet the growing demands in the United States;
  • The increased availability of heroin in powder form has removed stigmas that traditionally limited heroin use, as the powder form can be inhaled or even ingested in pill form instead of requiring injection.

Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Georgia