The Increasing Use of Heroin in the USA (and The Velvet Underground Track, Heroin…)
Above Photo: Mexican smugglers perhaps lead authorities to smell a rat by smuggling heroin in “coke” cans. (© usatoday.com)
I read an interesting article about the upsurge of heroin use in the USA (see link at the end of this article), which sought to explain the recent upsurge in the country’s heroin use. Last year 700,000 people had used the drug in the US, a number increasing every year, whereas in Europe the number of users is declining.
The other reason is that the supply of heroin has increased. America gets most of its heroin from Mexico, where the amount of land being used to grow opium poppies (from which heroin is derived) increased tenfold between 2000 and 2009. More heroin is making its way to the United States, feeding the growing demand and keeping prices low.
Article and photos continue here: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/bombed-out/articles/the-increasing-use-of-heroin-in-the-usa-and-the-velvet-underground-track-heroin/