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1/21/2014 6:00:00 AM
MATForce to discuss rising use of heroin at Thursday Lunch 'n Learn
Special to the Courier

Heroin is no longer just a "street drug." Nationwide, the use of heroin is emerging as a new drug trend among youths and young adults. A growing number of young people who start abusing expensive prescription drugs are switching to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to buy.

On Jan. 23, the MATForce Lunch 'n Learn will address this dangerous and highly addictive drug, as well as other emerging drug trends. Sgt. Brandon Bonney of the Prescott Valley Police Department will lead this interactive and informative presentation. Drug trend information is especially important for educators, parents, medical providers and anyone working in the substance abuse field.

The Lunch 'n Learn will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Board of Supervisors Room, Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 S. Fair St., Prescott and teleconferenced to the Yavapai County Cottonwood Annex, 10 South 6th St., Cottonwood. It is free and open to the public. Brown-bag lunches are welcome.

For more information, contact MATForce at 708-0100 or online at matforce.org.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: Al Kyda

@ Von Deck

I don't know to what countries you are referring, but regardless I assure you they have different cultures, customs, mores, etc. from ours. There are a lot of ideas practiced on other countries that would never succeed here.

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: Tea Totaler

So tiresome...all the addicts/druggies write in pro comments on legalizing drugs...what a bunch of sickos having not a clue...non-drug addicted folks are on to you, so stop with your addictive nonsense!.

Addict brains are fried and skewed...so any comments from you are nullified. Are you trying to convince yourself that you are not an addict. Sorry...the truth is...you are!

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: Common Senzi

"The increase in prescription drug abuse is fueling a rise in heroin addiction, NBC News reports. A growing number of young people who start abusing expensive prescription drugs are switching to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to buy."

As says the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence.

Yep, seems that OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet are the real gateway drugs and your doctors are the pushers.

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Aimes

It sounds like another fear campaign. Nothing like fear to justify your existence.

Perfection is not possible in humans and there will always be a percent who live their lives outside of the majority. No amount of alarm or money will overcome that percent.

Perhaps more tolerance is something that should be taught to the majority, humans learn by trial and error and more often than not emerge out of the experimental phase of their lives more mature and wiser than otherwise.

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: Joana Brady

TO: Rita Shryock

Nice to see you're still championing the cause of illegal drug use...

So sad that mission has consumed your life. There is so much more to life than drugs.

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: Misplaced Priorities?

Doesn't MATForce and the County Attorney's office communicate with one another? For Pete's sake, the County Attorney's office has made it quite clear that pot for consenting adults is the worst scourge on the County, so why is there all this fuss about Heroin? That's crazy. Not to mention how this article notes that "prescription drugs" are the main gateway drug for Heroine use. Wrong! According to the County Attorney's office, POT is the EVIL drug...the gateway drug...the worst thing for our "youth". Leave Heroin alone. Don't take my word for it, just ask the County Attorney's office. What's next? Don't tell me. They'll be going after Meth, Coke and Ecstasy? Oh, NO! How dare they take their eyes off the ball...the real danger, pot for consenting adults?

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

Some countries know how to tackle this problem and reduce addiction to the lowest possible levels. The USA ain't one of them. The programs that work are illegal here. I'll give a hint about these programs. None of them involve jail.

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: L S

Need more recovery homes1

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: Rita Shryock

"Kids! On Drugs!" Eleven years of MATForce, and still we have "Kids! On Drugs!" Thirty years of the DARE program, and still we have "Kids!" On Drugs!" Forty years of an increasingly violent war, in which children have gone from innocent bystanders to collateral to pawns to targets, and here we are. Again. Still. With "Kids! On Drugs!" Drug warrior must be the only career in the world where failure is rewarded.

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: So Legalize Pot

Get them out of having to lurk around back alleys and let them legally walk into nice regulated pot stores during broad daylight and they won't be associating with the kind of people who sell heroin. Give them a choice. Duh.

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