According to the DEA, heroin remains the current illicit drug of choice largely due to pricing on the street.
Members of law enforcement agree that you cannot “arrest your way out” of the current drug addiction epidemic, but they will still take “the wins” when they can.
The illegal drug market in the U.S. is estimated to be between $400 and $500 billion a year, and that’s on the conservative side. In part 7 of her week-long series, WBZ’s Mary Blake has a dealer’s perspective.
The alarming increase in the number of fatal drug overdoses in recent months, has prompted action on the part of government leaders.
Research shows it takes, on average, three attempts for an addict to achieve sobriety, before their treatment is a success. This means treatment cycles are often repeated.
Since its inception ten years ago, a Raynham group called ‘Learn to Cope’ has grown statewide, from one chapter to twelve.
The profile of drug addicts in Massachusetts has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. The most notable is that users are young; on average between 15 and 25.
Efforts to tackle the state’s drug addiction epidemic are being made on several fronts.
Massachusetts public safety and health officials are fighting heroin and prescription opiate addition that is leading to an epidemic of overdoses.
A man arrested for leading police on a high speed chase through two states tells officers he was high the whole time.