Over the past several years, police, counsellors, physicians, government officials and teachers have noticed a great increase in the use of heroin. Articles in magazines, newspapers and professional journals all describe the use of this drug among all classes of people, different age groups and individulas living in urban and rural environments: Recent reports about problems in Vermont and Iowa illustrate the extent of this crisis. Lives have been destroyed: deaths from overdoses have increased and crime related to heroin use has also increased as individuals seek ways to support their habits. The current situation has been described as an "epidemic" and an "unprecedented" crisis.
The PCCC Library owns a number of books on heroin use. They generally fall under the call numbers HV 5822 and HV 5801. Books on Drug Abuse fall under HV 5801 and HV 5825
Reprensentative titles include:
"Heroin" Stuart Kallen ed. Greenhaven Press 2006 HV 5822 .H4 H455 2006
"Addiction" Opposing Viewpoints Series. Jennifer Hurley ed. Greenhaven Press 2000 HV 5825 .A647 2000 ( 2 copies)
"Drugs" Global Viewpoints Series Maria Tenaglia-Webster, ed. Greenhaven Press 2009 HV 5801.D7295 2009 ( 2 copies)
"Heroin" Geraldine Woods, Enslow Publishers 1994 HV 5822 .H4 W66 1994 A bit dated, but still provides helpful information.
'Junkie Business: The Evolution and Operation of a Heroin Dealing Network" Lee Hoffer. Wadsworth 2006 HV5833.D6 H64 2006
"The World Heroin Market: Can Suppy Be Cut?" Letizia Paoli et.al. Oxford 2009 HV5822.H4 P36 2009
"Drug Trafficking" Julia Bauder, ed. Greenhaven 2008 HV5801 .D618 2008