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OxyContin & Heroin. Life & Death in the Suburbs. What’s Going On?. Then… Cigarettes Alcohol Marijuana +. Now… OxyContin Heroin. Why?. Have Fun Availability Pleasure Depression Rebellion. Bored Escape Reality Peer Pressure Relieve Stress Curiosity. True or False?.

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oxycontin heroin

OxyContin & Heroin

Life & Death in the Suburbs

what s going on
What’s Going On?


  • Cigarettes
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana



  • OxyContin
  • Heroin

Have Fun






Escape Reality

Peer Pressure

Relieve Stress


true or false

True or False?

Only street and lower-income people abuse Oxy & Heroin.


Users include suburban teenagers, college students, and the professional workforce.

across the u s
Across the U.S.

Nearly 7 million Americans are abusing prescription drugs.

That 7 million was just 3.8 million in the year 2000.

Prescription pain relievers are new drug users’ drug of choice, vs. marijuana or cocaine.

Nearly 1 in 10 high school seniors admits to abusing powerful prescription painkillers.

(Source: US Drug Enforcement Administration Fact Sheet)

across kansas
Across Kansas

“OxyContin continues to be the pharmaceutical drug of choice in the state of Kansas. It is favored by its users over street drugs such as heroin due to the consistent purity and quality.”

“The availability of Mexican black tar heroin in most of Kansas remains limited to small, user quantities, although larger quantities can be found in cities such as Wichita and Kansas City.”

From 2004 to 2006, the number of Kansans admitted for treatment for heroin and other opiate abuse rose 24%.

(Source: whitehousedrugpolicy.org)

johnson county students
Johnson County Students
  • 15% of Johnson County 10th graders and 23% of 12th graders reported using prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them.
  • One in thirteen 10th graders and one in ten 12th graders had used these substances in the last 30 days.

2009 Johnson County Communities That Care Student Survey

what s oxy
What’s Oxy?

Synthetic form of opium

Moderate-to-severe pain reliever

Produced in pharmaceutical labs

Legally available only by prescription

U.S. is highest per capita consumer as of 2007

OxyContin – derivative of Oxycodone;

a time-release formula

abuse of oxycontin
Abuse of OxyContin

Restricted breathing, vomiting, dizziness

Constipation, nausea, sedation

Headache, dry mouth, sweating

Growing tolerance for drug

Physical addiction/withdrawal

Death by suffocation/asphyxia

did you know
Did You Know?

“95% of Johnson County Methadone clinic patients are Oxy abusers…”

“Mixing alcohol with Oxy is a lethal combination…gradually stop breathing…”

“Once they’re addicted, Oxy abusers often switch to heroin…”

(Source: Maggie Jenkins, Bridge Way Clinical Director )

true or false1

True or False?

Giving OxyContin to a friend is legal.



“Giving” OxyContin to a friend is included in the same statute as “selling.” Give it or sell it, you are a felony drug dealer.

oxycontin gateway to heroin
OxyContin: Gateway to Heroin
  • People using and addicted to OxyContin switch to heroin for a few reasons:
      • Both opiates – similar highs
      • Heroin is more accessible; OxyContin requires a prescription from a physician to legally obtain the drug.
      • Heroin is less expensive; OxyContin (purchased on the street) can cost as much as $80 per pill. Heroin costs about half as much as OxyContin.

(Source: http://www.drug-rehabs.com/)

what s heroin
What’s Heroin?

Derivative of morphine/poppy plant

White, off-white, or brown powder, or

Black tar-like substance

Snorted, smoked, or injected

Schedule 1 substance; Illegal in the U.S.

how it gets here
How It Gets Here

Smuggled into U.S. by land, sea, & air

Mexican & South American heroin enters via I-35 or flown into Canada - down I-15 in Montana

SW Asian heroin enters via New York - westward

heroin s short term effects
Heroin’s Short-term Effects

Rush or surge of euphoria

Skin turns red

Cotton mouth

Going on the nod

Fuzzy thinking

And more…

heroin s long term effects
Heroin’s Long Term Effects

Collapsed veins, abscesses, liver disease, infected heart lining & valves

Lung, kidney, & brain damage

Drug craving, restlessness, insomnia, muscle & bone pain, diarrhea, vomiting

HIV, Hepatitis A&C


did you know1

Did You Know?

Any method of Heroin use (snorting, smoking, or injecting) is addictive and deadly.

Injecting heroin adds further risk of infection (e.g., Hepatitis, HIV, etc.).

what can you do
What Can You Do?

Be attentive to your kids and your friends. Don’t rationalize away signs of substance abuse.

Safeguard all medicines at home. Monitor quantities and control access.

Have clear rules about not sharing medicines, and following doctor’s advice and dosages.

Properly conceal and dispose of all unused medicines in the trash.

Recognize paraphernalia when you see it…

what dealers said
“What dealers said…”

“I was using recreationally, started selling pills, then got arrested.” Jon

“I started using at 14…every day…OD’d 3 or 4 times…got 2 of my friends hooked on Oxy.” Ken

“I sold a lot (Oxy) to support my habit, it was out of control.” Gene

memories of brett
“Memories of Brett”

A loving, caring kid…he loved life…

He was trying to move away from his (drug) friends…but, this demon grabbed him…

After someone gets addicted to it…it’s a lifetime of fighting (addiction)…

Debbie & Dorman Hayes, parents of Brett Hayes

it changed him
“It Changed Him…”

He migrated away from childhood friends…

He was demanding money…

Cash and credit card money disappeared…

Drugs made him feel good until it wore off…

Debbie & Dorman Hayes, parents of Brett Hayes

crime punishment
Crime & Punishment

Possession of Oxy/Heroin:


Mandatory Drug Treatment

10-42 months prison

Sale of Oxy/Heroin:

1st Time 14-51 months prison

2nd Time 46-83 months prison

3rd Time 138-204 months prison

Sale of Oxy/Heroin within 1000’ of School:

1st Time 46-83 months prison

did you know2

Did You Know?

Juvenile criminal records don’t disappear when you turn 18; they can affect college admissions and future job opportunities.


Juvenile was arrested in 1998 when he was 14 years old. This record was retrieved on October 13, 2009, via a Johnson County District Court public records search on the Internet.

(Source: http://courts.jocogov.org/)

j a i l j ust another way to spell drugs

“J-A-I-Ljust another way to spell DRUGS”

Judge James Davis

Johnson County District Court

what can i do
What Can I Do?

Call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance

Talk to someone you trust for help

Call a substance abuse hotline

National Drug Abuse Hotline1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

Start/Join a drug-free group at school


Dangers of Oxy Abuse


The Truth About Drugs


Drug Information Online





U.S. Dept of Justice


Regional Prevention Center


Opioid Treatment Programs


‘Choose to Refuse’ Heroin/Oxy Prevention Program


special thanks to
Special Thanks to:

Debbie & Dorman Hayes

Johnson County, KS Sheriff’s Office

Johnson County, KS District Courts

Johnson County, KS Med-Act

Johnson County, KS Court Services

Johnson County Mental Health Center

Regional Prevention Center

Overland Park Regional Trauma Center

Shawnee Mission Medical Center

Maggie Jenkins, Bridge Way Recovery Inc.

Overland Park, KS Police Department

music video credits
Music & Video Credits:


The Better Life soundtrack

3 Doors Down

“Life is Beautiful”

The Heroin Diaries soundtrack

Sixx A.M.

“New Teen Craze – Heroin”

ABC News Good Morning America