Robert Brubeck, a substance abuse counselor at Reality House in Columbia, Missouri, describes a disturbing trend he has seen. According to ConnectMidMissouri.com, he said, "I've seen a lot of young kids lately that have been coming in to our program, that are really having a lot of problems with it."
"It" is heroin. Emily was one of those young people who suffered from this addiction, just a few months ago. She said, "I was always that girl that was like 'no, you're never going to do that.'" Now, she is a recovering heroin addict.
She started using in high school, and she battled the addiction until this past December. She was arrested and sent to treatment. Emily says heroin used to be a hush-hush problem, but now it has infested many local high schools. She said, "From what I know, it's all over the high schools, from what I've heard. I mean, you hear about overdoses and you hear stories; they're not very uncommon."
Emily realizes that educating kids about the dangers of drugs makes a bigger difference than people realize. She said, "So, as awkward as it might be, talk to your kids about it, let them know how dangerous it is. You can die; it's not a joke."
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