Presentation on theme: "Be a Hero-In DuPage Heroin Prevention Campaign"— Presentation transcript:
1Be a Hero-In DuPage Heroin Prevention Campaign Sponsored by DuPage Coalition to Prevent Heroin
2What if these people were still alive? Cory Monteith - GleeChris Farley – Saturday Night LiveMitch Hedberg – comedianBrad Renfro – The Client, Tom and HuckJim Morrison – The DoorsKurt Cobain – NirvanaAmy Winehouse – singer-songwriter
4Heroin comes from poppies Harvesters cut the pod and juice seeps out. The sap has a high content of morphine, which creates heroin.
5How is heroin used? Smoked, injected, snorted, ingested or sniffed. Addiction will occur with any of these methods.
6Why do people use heroin? Need another high after running out of prescription painkillers like Vicodin and Oxycontin“It felt so good.”* But this is only the first time. After that, you are addicted and just using to stop the withdrawal effects.Genetically vulnerable (addict in the family)
7Why do people use heroin? (continued) Lack of knowledge, they think it’s “no big deal”Use of other drugs can lead to heroinCheaper than cigarettes and prescription pain killersIncreased purity (35% in 2010 vs. 4% in 1980’s) allows users to snort or smoke it, which is less scary than injecting
8Prescription Drug Abuse Using prescription painkillers like Vicodin and Oxycontin can lead to addiction. When the pills run out, the person may turn to stealing pills from family members. Then they may turn to buying heroin because it is cheaper for the beginning user than black market painkillers.
9How does heroin hurt your body? Be a hero….protect yourself!
10Short-term Effects Vomiting Constipation Severe flu symptoms, then alternately alert and drowsy stateSlowed and slurred speechImpaired night vision
11– DuPage County Coroner Long-Term EffectsAddiction“Every heroin addict that you talk to will tell you that the first high was the greatest, and then they spend the rest of their life trying to chase that one great high. And then eventually it devolves into being all they’re doing is taking the drugs to keep from being sick.”– DuPage County CoronerDr. Richard Jorgensen
12Long-Term Physical Consequences DeathBad teeth, inflammation of the gumsPermanent damage to lungs, liver, kidneys and brainComaMuscular weakness, partial paralysisHIV/AIDS
13Long-Term Physical Consequences Reduced sexual capacity and long-term impotence in menLoss of memory and intellectual performanceBlister-like lesions on the faceConstant runny noseMenstrual disturbance in women
14Addiction ComparisonHeroin is one of the most addictive substances on the planet!It is more addictive than tobacco, cocaine and most other drugs.
15Skag Smac Big H Muc Dope Black tar Heroin Slang Names Brown sugar JunkBlack tarBrown sugarBig HHorseSkagMucSmacDope
16How can I tell if my friend is using? Major changes in attitude and behavior – moody, angry, lyingDitching schoolMIADark pupilsFalling asleep in classStealing, pawning personal items
17Signs of a heroin overdose Slow breathingBlue lips and fingernailsCold clammy skinShakingAt a party and see someone has overdosed? Call 911! Otherwise, your friend could die.The “Good Samaritan Law,” Illinois Public Act , went into effect June 1, 2012.Be a hero…protect your friends!
18Suspect your friend is using heroin? Tell a trusted adult – your parents, a teacher, a coach, a counselor or faith-based connection – so your friend can get help.Be a hero…Save a life!
19Be a hero, report a drug dealer! Report directly to your School Resource Officer.
20The Good News – you’re not alone! 89% of high school students in a national 2012 study said they disapprove of peers using heroin.Be a hero…protect your peers!
21Your choices affect others. You’re not alone. Why does this matter?Your choices affect others. You’re not alone.YouParentsFriendsTeachersOther loved onesChurch groupClassmatesTeammatesBe a hero…believe in yourself!Respect others!
22What could I miss out on? Be a hero…respect yourself! Changing the worldPeace Corps or Red CrossTeachingServing your country in the militaryBeing a positive role modelFamily & RelationshipsFalling in loveSpending time with family and starting your own somedayHaving great friendsSeeing your brother or sister trip at graduationEducationGoing to college, trade school, cosmetology schoolYour careerLearning another languageLearning a musical instrumentOther fun stuffTraveling the worldPlaying sportsShoppingVideo games, Vine and YouTube videosBe a hero…respect yourself!
23Where to go for help 360 Youth Services, Naperville Robert Crown Center for Health, HinsdaleParentsMatter, NapervilleLinden Oaks Behavior Health Hospital at Edward, NapervilleCentral DuPage Hospital, WinfieldRosecrance Health Network, NapervillePresence Behavioral Health, Downers Grove