Parents During Spring Break Have the Talk

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It's Spring Break time across the Metroplex. Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) encourages parents to use Spring Break as an opportunity to talk to their children about cheese heroin and other recreational drugs as well as the devastating effects of drug addiction. Cheese Heroin is a cheap and highly addictive recreational drug that has gained popularity since it first came on the scene in 2005. Made by combining heroin and crushed tablets of certain overthecounter common cold medication, cheese heroin is
considered a starter drug and is being used by children as young as 12 years of age.

"As parents get their kids ready to return to school following Spring Break, we encourage them to sit down and talk with them about recreational drugs such as cheese heroin," said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS Director. "Having open lines of communication with your children about the prevalence of recreational drugs in their schools and neighborhoods is one of the best ways to prevent drug addition in young people."


Thompson continued. "The longterm impact of crack/cocaine and methamphetamine has increased numbers of people needing drug abuse treatment services as well as the new homeless people attributed to drug addictions.

Now we can add the highlyaddictive drug cheese heroin to the new wave of dangerous drugs that have caused recent deaths in Dallas County. Because cheese heroin is so cheap and readily available it makes is very attractive to younger children," Thompson continued.

Cheese heroin is extraordinarily addictive, with many firsttime users experiencing withdrawal symptoms only six hours after their initial use. Dallas County has been especially hardhit by the introduction of cheese heroin to younger teens. This has lead to an epidemic of cheese heroin users and deaths among middle and high school age students. So far this year there have been a total of 13 drug related deaths in adolescents in Dallas County. In response to the rising use of cheese heroin, DCHHS has issued a Health Alert to area hospitals, clinics and doctors offices to raise the awareness of the signs and symptoms of cheese heroin use and addiction.