Home Is Where the Heroin Is? – Part 2

Photo by: Viktorija Bieksaite

by Juliana Evans
News writer

   The heroin epidemic in DuPage County is shedding light on parents whose children secretly struggled with this addiction. Parents are realizing once it is too late. As the number of overdoses increase, there is a greater possibility it may be a friend or even a relative.
   Many addicts don’t start using with the intent of becoming a frequent user. District 7 Chicago Police officer, Joe Gray exclaimed, “It just takes one person in a group to introduce someone else to it.” This constant chain reaction is what’s causing this epidemic to spread. The only problem left is how to evaluate who is using and who is not.
   Although there are many reported signs and symptoms common of long time users, friends and family members who have dealt with a drug related overdose in the past explain that these signs were never evident, and if they were, did not click as a possibility to link any drug affiliation.
   Two years ago, Felicia Miceli’s son Louie, a DuPage resident died of a heroin overdose. Miceli, in an article for abclocal.go.com, exclaimed, “”He was really good at hiding it. A very popular kid had a job. It’s not until the disease progresses that those warning signs became evident.”

   Common signs of symptoms amongst teens:

  • Loss of interest in school/ attendance
  • Distancing from friends inconsequently
  • Lack of effort in appearance/hygiene
  • Asking for money consistently
  • Sleepiness/ dosing off often
  • Frequent nose bleeds (snorted)
  • Refuse to wear short sleeved clothing that could reveal track marks (injected)

   These recent alerts are being taken more lightly than necessary. Keeping a close eye out for anyone who shows these symptoms is an important key to saving a community from another devastating consequence.

Read the first article in this three-part series: Not So Hero(in) the Suburbs – Part 1
Read the third article in this three-part series: Help For Heroin – Part 3

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