Former Drug Users Not Surprised By Overdose
Teen Still in Critical Condition
Former drug users in Anchorage say they aren’t surprised that a 14 year-old girl decided to try heroin.
Rebecca, 28, says heroin is being sold to increasingly younger users.
“It's getting worse, people are getting more strung out on it, it's going into schools. I know when I first started I was in school, it's going into high school, junior high”
Rebecca started using when she was 16-years-old and says peer pressure and family life are the biggest factors which turned her to heroin.
“It's all about influences and it really starts back at the home front where your parents are, my parents were both drug addicts. If I could’ve been helped when I was younger this all could’ve been prevented.”
Anchorage Police says 26-year-old Sean Warner injected J.D. with heroin last week at a party. She remains in a critical condition.
Former addict Rebecca says this isn’t uncommon.
“That happens all the time. I was injecting people too. I was one of those people that injected other people that couldn't inject themselves.”
Tara, like Rebecca, is also a recovering addict at Akeela.
“I had an older guy shoot me up when I was 11 years old, I've been a heroin and meth addict for 19 years”. She says she thinks the drug problem across the state is getting worse.
“I remember it wasn't as bad ten years ago, what ever is being done it's not working".
Anchorage Police Vice Sergeant Kathy Lacey says heroin is a huge problem in the city and her team is working to stop the pipeline. “We are working closely with the Drug Enforcement Administration who are intercepting shipments of heroin that come into Anchorage”, says Lacey
Drug councilors in Anchorage say they’ve seen the purest form of the drug, known on the street as ‘China White’, become more prevalent during the last 10 years.