Heroin addiction low among youth, synthetic marijuana cases on the rise
Although heroin has been a rising nationwide epidemic, local drug counselors say that heroin addiction cases are typically low in the valley.
George Martinez, a substance abuse counselor in Pharr, says that the desired substance on the rise among youth is synthetic marijuana.
A survey conducted in south Texas in 2014 showed that 0.4 percent of students in grades 6-12 reported using heroin.
"Heroin is a lot more difficult to get, number one. Number two, it's a lot more expensive," said La Joya chief of police Raul Gonzalez.
However, prescription medications are the second most popular drugs behind synthetic marijuana, according to statistics from Behavioral Solutions of South Texas.