Each year, according to a Rural Center of Pennsylvania study, an estimated 30,000 teenagers will try heroin.
It’s a cheap kick, about $10 per bag, typically injected into a
user’s veins in return for a few hours of dopamine-rattling euphoria.
But it’s a thrill that comes with big risks. In addition to overdose
and addiction, users who share needles are highly likely to contract
HIV, Hepatitis C or other blood-borne illnesses that can mean a lifetime
of health problems and stigmatization.