Bobby Weishalla should have celebrated his 22nd birthday this year. But after a deadly overdose, his mom, Janet, instead brought a birthday cake to his grave.
Some states, including Minnesota, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what’s happening in Minnesota:Minnesota has seen an alarming rise in heroin-related deaths in recent years and a tenfold increase in the number of people seeking treatment for heroin addiction.
Heroin addiction has been in the spotlight after the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, but heroin is not just a problem among the rich and famous — it’s killing Minnesotans as well. Now, there are new treatment options that doctors are using to deal with heroin addiction.
While the use of prescription opiates is down, drug expert Carol Falkowski says there’s seeing a record number of people going into treatment for heroin addiction.