The documented abuse of heroin and associated hard drugs in the Salsa Industry has robbed us of many talented performers. It is a problem that is not exclusive to the metropolitan scene. Even in small town USA police are addressing the issue.
One of the major problems in the Wood County Rock and Roll Music scene is the abuse of opiates (see heroin) by a small clique of thug wanna be rock stars. The list of convicted felons imposing themselves on local venues numbers approximately a half dozen. They are not only involved in alleged dealing and suspected gun running but have been allegedly involved in ripping off other groups door money and reported physical attacks. Bowling Green police and sheriff’s department are had on the case on rooting out these individuals who are marring the quality of life in the city. The BG Sentinel Tribune has stepped up to the plate with a two part expose that in essence supports driving both addicts and dealers out of Town. (BG FRONT PAGE SERIES PART 1)
It’s an addiction that doesn’t discriminate among race, age or socioeconomic level. It can spread its fingers into a variety of crimes. And like the rest of the United States, Wood County is not immune. Nationwide, the country is seeing a resurgence in heroin, a drug that found an eager audience in the 1990s but had largely faded away in the years since. Now, it’s back in a big way. Across the country, heroin use has been climbing steadily since 2007 among persons 12 or older, according to a government study. The drug is processed from morphine, which itself comes from poppy plants. It can be snorted, smoked or injected, depending on the kind of heroin and its relative purity. Bowling Green police saw a dramatic spike in heroin issues last year.
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While the abuse of heroin and its dark, outlying effects — crime and overdoses — are on the rise, so are efforts to fight back against the addiction with treatment efforts and legislation.
“It’s a community problem. It’s become a huge community health problem,” said Thomas Clemons, executive director of the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Services Board (ADAMHS). Sandi Carsey, children’s services unit administrator with Wood County Job and Family Services, said the increasingly pervasive problem doesn’t just impact individual users, but also families. “There’s been an increase in our reports of heroin or opiate use,” she said. “We have had several parents die as a result of heroin use, leaving children without a parent. We’ve also had many overdoses. And that affects the children as well, because parents can’t take care of them and somebody else has to, then.”