Research has shown that teens around 14 years of age start experimenting with recreational drugs such as alcohol and marijuana. After alcohol and marijuana, teens move onto prescription drugs to get their fix. Once they no longer have access to prescription drugs from their friends or parent’s medicine cabinets, or can no longer afford the prescription drugs, they turn to heroin. Heroin is easily accessible on the streets, is much cheaper than prescription drugs. After Heroin, the next drug of choice for teens is Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid with a morphine like pain relieving effect. Fentanyl is extremely potent as it is 40-50 times more potent than pharmaceutical grade (100% pure) heroin.
Each day across the country, an alarming 129 people overdose on drugs. This amounts to 47,000 people across the country each year!
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