Transcript for Heroin in Suburbia All Over the United States
america where we shine a light on overlooked problems. The death of cory monteith drew our attention to that killer drug. What we found was scary and startling. The number of americans using heroin has doubled over the last decade. Byron pitts shows the problem in unlikely places. Reporter: Cory monteith. The clean cut star of the hit tv show, "glee," shocked his fans earlier this month when he died from a heroin overdose. But he is now the new face of the next generation of heroin users. A growing group found mostly in of all places suburbia. Police lieutenant thomas dombrowski drove use through bergen county, new jersey -- the leafy suburbs west of new york city -- where a recent spike in heroin deaths sparked concern. Every part of bergen county is touched in some way shape or form by the heroin epidemic. Reporter:28 overdoses last year, most of the victims under the age of 22. What parents may not know, the gateway drug could already be in their medicine cabinets. It was for 23-year-old dylan young. I started using prescription painkillers that my father had and it went from there. Reporter: At 13 he was smoking pot and drinking, then stealing pills from his parents which led to smoking heroin. It's much, much cheaper than smoking. 30, 80 milligram oxy cotton, $80. A lot of add ikts are missing something. Reporter: He ended up in rehab six times. When you are in that situation you usually don't see hope or a life of head of you. You just see your next fix. Reporter: Most agree intervention and treatment are key, but there is a bitter irony that goes with rehab. Many heroin addicts die when they start using again right after leaving treatment. Most people come back from rehab and get high for the first time and that high is what kills them. Reporter: Dylan has been clean for three years. He knows heroin is a dark dead end. More and more young people enter and never leave. Byron pitts, abc news, new york.
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