This story is playing itself out all over the country. There is no community that isn't being effected by the heroin epidemic. The difference in this epidemic from any other is that it is targeting the "good kids." The "bad kids" are dealing, not using.
Heroin’s New Hometown
On Staten Island, Rising Tide of Heroin Takes Hold
Thirty-six people died from heroin overdoses in 2012, the highest number in at least a decade, according to the most recent available city health department records; the death rate was higher than the city’s other four boroughs had seen in 10 years. The amount of heroin seized by the Police Department on Staten Island has jumped more than 300 percent from 2011 to 2013, and this year shows no sign of abating: Through April 13, officers seized roughly 1,700 glassine bags of heroin, up from about 1,200 bags over the same period in 2013. That number does not include the 347 bags seized on Wednesday in raids at an auto-repair shop and its owner’s home.