The recent death of “Glee” actor Cory Monteith from an overdose of alcohol and heroin has opened some eyes to a stark reality— heroin, a pop culture star in the 1970s, is back for an unwelcomed encore. Heroin’s new popularity isn’t just a fad in the entertainment world, either, and the home medicine cabinet often is the gateway. The Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) reports, 2.1 percent of Hoosier high school seniors have ever used heroin, 50 percent higher than the national average. According to IPRC, Indiana has the nation’s second highest rate of high school students abusing prescription drugs – 21 percent. The top source of those drugs: buying pills from a friend. “They’re everywhere,” asserted Natalie, a recovering heroin addict. “The drug kids at school. Adults who don’t want the pills anymore. Folks selling unused prescription drugs.”
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