Abstract

Heroin overdose deaths are plaguing the St. Louis, Metro-east.
Many who become addicted to heroin started out abusing
prescription painkillers. With the rising cost of prescription drugs,
many users were unable to maintain this high and reverted to a
cheaper high. Heroin use and abuse not only affect the user, but
everyone coming into contact with the user. Heroin use is
devastating for users, families, communities, and law enforcement
personnel. However, the drug's effects and what users are willing to
do to get high ultimately contributes to secondary issues.