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1 Heroin Prevention Campaign Sponsored by DuPage Coalition to Prevent Heroin Be a Hero-In DuPage

2 What if these people were still alive?  Cory Monteith - Glee  Chris Farley – Saturday Night Live  Mitch Hedberg – comedian  Brad Renfro – The Client, Tom and Huck  Jim Morrison – The Doors  Kurt Cobain – Nirvana  Amy Winehouse – singer-songwriter

3 What is heroin?

4 Heroin comes from poppies Harvesters cut the pod and juice seeps out. The sap has a high content of morphine, which creates heroin.

5 How is heroin used?  Smoked, injected, snorted, ingested or sniffed.  Addiction will occur with any of these methods.

6 Why 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)

7 Why do people use heroin? (continued)  Lack of knowledge, they think it’s “no big deal”  Use of other drugs can lead to heroin  Cheaper than cigarettes and prescription pain killers  Increased purity (35% in 2010 vs. 4% in 1980’s) allows users to snort or smoke it, which is less scary than injecting

8 Prescription 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.

9 Be a hero….protect yourself! How does heroin hurt your body?

10 Short-term Effects Vomiting Constipation Severe flu symptoms, then alternately alert and drowsy state Slowed and slurred speech Impaired night vision

11 Long-Term Effects “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 Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen Addiction

12 Long-Term Physical Consequences  Death  Permanent damage to lungs, liver, kidneys and brain  HIV/AIDS  Bad teeth, inflammation of the gums  Coma  Muscular weakness, partial paralysis

13 Long-Term Physical Consequences  Reduced sexual capacity and long-term impotence in men  Menstrual disturbance in women  Loss of memory and intellectual performance  Blister-like lesions on the face  Constant runny nose

14 Addiction Comparison  Heroin is one of the most addictive substances on the planet!  It is more addictive than tobacco, cocaine and most other drugs.

15 Heroin Slang Names Dope Black tar Brown sugar Muc Smac Junk Big H

16 How can I tell if my friend is using?  Major changes in attitude and behavior – moody, angry, lying  Ditching school  MIA  Dark pupils  Falling asleep in class  Stealing, pawning personal items

17 Signs of a heroin overdose Slow breathing Blue lips and fingernails Cold clammy skin Shaking At 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, Be a hero…protect your friends!

18 Suspect 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!

19 Be a hero, report a drug dealer! Report directly to your School Resource Officer.

20 The 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!

21 Why does this matter? You ParentsFriendsTeachers Other loved ones Church group ClassmatesTeammates Your choices affect others. You’re not alone. Be a hero… believe in yourself! Respect others!

22 What could I miss out on? Changing the world Peace Corps or Red Cross Teaching Serving your country in the military Being a positive role model Family & Relationships Falling in love Spending time with family and starting your own someday Having great friends Seeing your brother or sister trip at graduation Education Going to college, trade school, cosmetology school Your career Learning another language Learning a musical instrument Other fun stuff Traveling the world Playing sportsShopping Video games, Vine and YouTube videos Be a hero…respect yourself!

23 Where to go for help 360 Youth Services, Naperville Robert Crown Center for Health, Hinsdale ParentsMatter, Naperville Linden Oaks Behavior Health Hospital at Edward, Naperville Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield Rosecrance Health Network, Naperville Presence Behavioral Health, Downers Grove


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