Concern For Heroin Addiction Spreading In Minnesota

More than 20 million Americans aged 12 or older admitted to using illicit drugs in 2006, according to Drug Addiction Support, a substance abuse resource site. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals who are suffering from addiction, but a number of people do not realize the danger behind the substances they are abusing.

As heroin becomes cheaper and easier to find in Minnesota, residents around the Twin Cities are battling one of the toughest addictions of them all, according to KSTP-TV. Heroin is a powerful drug that can physically disable an abuser over time. Users may suffer from dramatic mood swings and spend hundreds of dollars daily just to maintain their addiction.

A heroin addict who spoke KSTP-TV, named Phillip, says he’s been to rehab 16 times. The father of two originally moved from Pittsburgh to the Twin Cities region to escape his addiction, but found that heroin was easy to obtain. Phillip has been sober for 14 months, but not everyone has found the courage to seek help.

The Minnesota Teen Challenge says the number of individuals seeking help at rehabilitation facilities and treatment centers for heroin has doubled since 2002.