RICHMOND—More people and more teens are using heroin in Chesterfield County, according to new survey data from Chesterfield Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE), looking at numbers between 2010 and 2012.
"As a long-term trend it is very alarming because buying heroin is a dangerous behavior, and the drug itself is extremely unpredictable," says Wayne Frith of Chesterfield SAFE. "People are becoming addicted to prescription narcotics and when they become difficult to get, heroin is actually easier to get."
Frith says prescription drug abuse is way above the national average in Chesterfield, and because communities have cracked down, pills have become harder to get, leaving many looking for a dangerous alternative.
"You're willing to go any lengths, even if that means breaking the law, anything and everything you could possibly do you will do to get this," said Sherry, a former heroin user.