El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — Nearly every day another Borderland resident gets hooked on heroin. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health there are now close to two million users nationwide, and the number of heroin users has almost doubled since 2007.
El Paso isn't an exception. Police and treatment clinics in the Sun City both say they've seen a big spike in heroin activity, especially over the past year. We caught up with one addict, who got hooked when he was just 13 years old.
"It just took over. It just took over. The morals and thought process was different and all I wanted to do was look for ways to do more because once you start getting sick your body starts need it, and it just took off from there," said Raphael Cervantes, who is now trying to kick his heroin addiction.
There are several reasons for the sudden spike in heroin use, but perhaps one of the most surprising is connected to a decline in prescription pill abuse. More pill poppers are now switching to heroin. Make sure to tune into Newschannel 9 at 10 Wednesday night for our special report, "Heroin: Deny and Demand."