DuPage County in Illinois is known for its churches and its good belief systems, for good sports and community activism. Did you know that it is also now one of the biggest heroin distribution sites in Illinois? Would you be aware if your children were involved with this popular drug?
In the past few months, community activism is running rampant with police officers such as Kent Williams, Bartlett Police Chief, going into schools in Bartlett and South Elgin and giving awareness speeches. They are doing so because children are dying from this drug.
Did you realize that heroin is an opioid drug? What does that mean you ask? It means that the drug is a synthesized form of morphine. Morphine comes from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant.
What does it look like? It can come in three forms: white powder, brown powder, or a black sticky substance otherwise referred to as “black tar heroin.”
The drug is once again gaining in popularity. Unfortunately it has settled itself deep into the recesses of DuPage County. This is unfortunate for many reasons and one of the biggest is that heroin is an addictive drug and over 20% of people who try it tend to become dependent on it. That is a great number of young people’s lives in danger of being lost to nonsense!
Would you as a parent recognize if your child was involved with a drug of this caliber? They are most likely not going to readily admit to using or being hooked on this substance. Michael’s House lends seven ways to spot a heroin user or abuser:
1. Sudden behavioral changes.
2. Changes in peer groups.
3. Locating drug paraphernalia on the person or with his or her belongings.
4. Money issues.
5. Missing possessions.
6. Body mutilation.
7. Drop in school or work performance.
Each of these issues can be easily determined if the parent is aware of their child’s typical tendencies. Bartlett Police Chief Williams is beating the streets trying to inform parents about witnessing the signs of heroin use and what to do if you do spot it. He is concerned by the growing number of kids getting involved with this drug and wants to do whatever is possible for him to alleviate the harm it can do before kids become addicted or lose their lives to this senseless habit.
Stay tuned during the week as more information is shared about the effects of heroin and what you as a parent can do to stop your child from being involved.