Substance Abuse Treatment Centers used
to focus on major eastern cities such as Baltimore, New York and Boston when it came to helping Acidaburn curb the heroin problem in the United States. However, drug rehabs are going west to help a new wave of heroin addicts cropping up in cities such as Denver.
Drug rehabs need look no further than Tom Gorman,
director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, to find out how bad the heroin problem has become in Denver. Gorman says the heroin being used in Denver is the same as the heroin being filtered into other major western cities. It comes from Mexican drug cartels that sell a lethal form of the drug called "black tar."
Gorman states, It's out there. It is increasing in our area.
Heroin hasn't reached the level of other drugs yet, but pharmaceutical opiate abuse is skyrocketing. Those drugs are more expensive than heroin, and that moves people to go from opiates to heroin. It's the same kind of high, but cheaper." The problem for addicts, according to substance abuse treatment center doctors, is that this cheap heroin is far more dangerous than prescription opioids. The cartels cut their heroin with all types of deadly poisons. A user who buys heroin off the streets of Denver never knows what he or she is getting. It's not like a manufactured pill that remains consistent no matter where or how it is purchased.