It’s been a little while since I looked at current news about millennials. I’m sad to say recent headlines are not happy. I like to think highly of my generation, but it seems like we may be reverting to the 60’s.
Young people are using and dying from heroine in record numbers in the biggest resurgence of the drug since the 1960s. Baltimore (where I go to college) is home to a higher number of heroin addicts and heroin-related crime than any other city in America, according to the DEA. After being eclipsed in use by new drugs such as crack and ecstasy for several decades, heroin usage in Chicago has quadrupled since 1998.
As heroine has become cheaper than ever, going for $10 a button, overdoses are reaching record levels. It seems to transcend social boundaries and is used as much in suburbia as anywhere else. Forgoing the needle, users have begun to smoke the drug. The problem is heroin is cut with other chemicals, killing the user in some cases.
With cheap and dirty heroin coming in from Mexico in record amounts, no one seems to have a grip on how to combat this epidemic. It is deadly and addictive, and as more kids shoot up I fear we risk being the “Heroin Generation.”