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Heroin Facts -- Act Now!
"Heroin will be the death of me... It's my wife and it's my life." Lou Reed
Statistics from 1993-1995 illustrate that New Mexico leads the nation in per capita heroin-related deaths. The county of Rio Arriba has the greatest problem with this addiction. The amount of heroin has increased and the purity of the heroin has increased. The rate of overdoses in Rio Arriba county is more than three times the national average. [Effects of drug bust in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties]

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Addict Profile
  • Hispanic families where parents pass the deadly addiction to their children
  • Many addicts support their habits by selling to family members
  • Children of addicts are likely to be born hooked
  • Increasing number of teen-age addicts

Why Heroin
  • Lack of jobs
  • Family strife
  • Despair
  • Widespread availability
"Young users are turning to heroin with the intent to kill themselves. They have given up hope of any kind of happiness or life."
      Dr. Murray Ryan - Espanola, New Mexico

Heroin In Perspective
In New Mexico, Rio Arriba county has the greatest problem with heroin on a per capita basis. With a population of approximately 34,000 people, the county recorded an average of 18.3 heroin-induced deaths per 100,000 inhabitants between 1993-1995.

As a state, New Mexico led the nation in heroin-induced deaths for the years of 1993-1995. On a per capita basis, the heroin death rate for the state equals 11.6 persons per 100,000 inhabitants. Across the country, the per capita heroin death rate equals 5.4 deaths per 100,000 people.

While heroin addiction presents a tragic and terrible problem for our country, we must put this problem in perspective. We now know that the most difficult drug addiction to beat comes from tobacco. Fred Murray, Alamogordo,states that if one asks any doctor who deals with addictions they will confirm that tobacco addiction is harder to break than the addiction from cocaine, crack or heroin. Murray further adds that coffee addiction is more difficult to break than the addiction to marijuana. Murray's point is that both coffee and tobacco are legal drugs and that there is little government support for breaking these addictions.

More importantly, while the national death toll from heroin equates to 5.4 deaths per 100,000 people, this figure pales in comparison to the national death toll due to tobacco addiction (see illustration).

The solution to heroin use and addiction does not come from "get tough" crime legislation. People turn to heroin out of despair. They need jobs. They need hope. They need better opportunities for advancement and education. Some may need professional counseling or other types of assistance. In sum, they need our compassion. Act now - ask your civic leaders to support programs of compassion and love.

If you think you're noticing some heroin addiction signs from a loved one, you should dig deeper and find out the truth so you can take whatever appropriate action is needed.