“Prescription drugs are one of the things that get kids hooked” and lead them to begin abusing heroin, said Naperville police Detective Shaun Ferguson. “When they realize they can pay much less for heroin than for prescription drugs, they turn to heroin.”
The affordability and accessibility of heroin — a drug often glamorized by their peers — has led to a resurgence in its popularity among young people, according to Ferguson and other area law enforcement officials. That resurgence, in turn, too often ends in death or otherwise ruined lives.
Area police and sheriff’s departments do not, as a rule, keep track of heroin-related crimes and incidents separate from their overall “controlled substance” statistics.
But after doing a bit of research, Ferguson — who works in his department’s Special Operations Group — concluded of all drug-related arrests made between 2009 and this year in Naperville, approximately 34 percent involved heroin. That included 24 heroin-related arrests in 2009, 33 in 2010 and 28 so far this year.
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