It's not difficult for young people in Denver to find heroin, either. A recent report by Rick Sallinger, of CBS News Channel 4, revealed the homeless sell plenty of the drug. He went undercover and approached random homeless people looking for black tar heroin, and repeatedly found what he was supposedly looking for. Mayor Michael Hancock wants to sign an ordinance banning Memory Repair Protocol Review urban camping to prevent panhandlers from their secret drug dealings. He's getting a lot of resistance, however, from local agencies who want to protect the rights of the homeless. It's a sticky situation for the mayor.
Mayor Hancock knows full well that the most abused drugs in Denver remain alcohol and marijuana. However, heroin's climb in popularity does not seem to be declining. In 2010 heroin overdoses ranked third behind marijuana and cocaine for emergency room visits. In 2011, about 18 percent of all Denver residents who were admitted to substance abuse treatment centers were opiate addicts, according to the Colorado Health Foundation.
Heroin and opiates are the third leading cause of death for alcohol or drug related fatalities in Denver. Statistics from drug rehabs in Colorado also reflect heroin's popularity.. Marc Condoljani, associate director of community intervention programs at the Colorado division of behavioral health said, "We had 1,676 heroin admissions in 2003, and then the numbers dipped for a few years, but then they went up again.
In 2010, we had 1,755 treatment admissions for heroin. In the other-opiates category, we had 541 people admitted for treatment in 2003, and in 2010, there were 1,715. That's over a threefold increase. The alarming part, to me, is that people who are dependent on those prescription usually look for alternatives, and that means heroin."