Indiana State Police Sgt. Dan Mawhorr gave an educational presentation about heroin in Adams County and throughout the region Wednesday at Adams Memorial Hospital.
“Heroin is here and it’s not going anywhere,” he said of the latest drug craze to sweep through the area.
According to Mawhorr, drug abuse begins with self-medicating, whether it is a parent giving a pain pill for a broken foot or adults saving old medications for an emergency. Those who take it upon themselves to self-medicate may over-medicate, causing a stimulating affect.
Mawhorr explained how 70 percent of teens and young adults obtain drugs. “It is commonly through those who don’t know they are giving it to them: family and friends. Drugs are in the medicine cabinet, the kitchen or lying out,” he said. “When a person starts to self-medicate, that is when addiction begins to form. Those that abuse pills are 19 times more likely to use heroin.”
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