Fox 5 Talks with Phoenix House About Rise in Heroin Use

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The number of people abusing heroin has risen in recent years as people turn from prescription drugs to heroin, which is cheaper and more accessible. The number of people abusing heroin rose from 373,000 in 2007 to 620,000 in 2011–a 66 percent jump.

On August 8, FOX DC spoke with Bill Prasad, Clinical Supervisor with Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic, about the problem of heroin in Virginia: “They don’t know how the drug was cut, they don’t know the purity of the drug, so it is extremely dangerous and in many cases, results in an overdose.” Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic has seen an increase in admissions for opiates, especially from rural areas.

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