img class=”alignright size-full wp-image-22545″ title=”troubled-teenage-girl” alt=”" src=”http://childdevelopmentinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/troubled-teenage-girl.jpg” width=”150″ height=”225″ />Last month I ventured into the non-clinical realm and discussed sports psychology and the, if you will, lighter side of the profession. This month I am plunging into the depths of what appears to have been, or may still be, an epidemic of heroin and opiate abuse among high school and college students. In my clinical practice in southern California, the problem appears to be lessening over the past year, but in certain areas of the country, such as the Midwest, the problem appears to be growing.
Traditionally, heroin and opiate abuse has been considered an “inner city” problem, and those who are reading this blog may wonder what is going on here. The news is that heroin and opiate abuse has become a suburban problem, perhaps best exemplified by the recent death via heroin overdose of a 17-year-old Caucasian boy from the Chicago suburb of Franklin Park. The 17-year-old’s father was a Deputy Police Chief, who claimed that he had moved the family to the suburbs to insure that his children were not exposed to such problems as heroin abuse. It appears that no one, nor any community, is immune from the current epidemic.
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