Heroin Addicts Getting Younger
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CREATED Apr. 22, 2013
Heroin overdoses are becoming a major problem in Northeast Wisconsin.
Libertas Treatment Centers in Marinette, Sheboygan and Green Bay are treating more and more patients addicted to the narcotic. And experts say those patents are getting younger and younger.
Libertas Treatment Center is getting more calls and more patients are "coming to us at an even younger age, even at adolescence."
Barbara Coniff, the director of Libertas in Green Bay says they get around 40 outpatients a day at all three locations. she says the drug can be extremely dangerous for that age group.
"The brain is still developing. To become engaged in such a dangerous addiction," says Coniff.
Most of their calls come from parents in small rural towns, but there may still be many young drug users out there.
"People need to be aware that treatment for substance abuse is available and does work," says Todd Ritchie of Libertas.
What Libertas employees are hearing from their patients is that they are going from prescription drugs to heroin because it's a lot cheaper and that's an alarming concern.
"That's alarming in several regards because someone that is addicted to percuset can then turn around use heroin to satisfy that high and vice versa," says David Poteat of the Brown County Drug Task Force.
Coniff says parents need to be "alert and to be aware and to get help."
If they notice any suspicious signs in their child.