What parents should know

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Yes, heroin is in Howard County, too. Don’t say “Not my child”. Don’t bury your head in the sand. Educate yourself to the signs that indicate heroin use…orange plastic syringe caps or syringes, those little (tiny, really) blue/green baggies, empty clear capsules floating in the toilet bowl, random strings or strips of material as a “tie-off” or tourniquet, missing spoons or spoons with signs the underside has been heated or burned, black “soot” marks on doors, walls, clothing; wearing long sleeves in warm weather, odd “wounds” on the back of the hands, wrist; track marks on the inside of the forearm; acne or what appear to be acne on the face (often from compulsive skin picking.) I know this may be a punch to the gut. I know you may want to deny what your eyes are seeing, but listen to what your gut is telling you. This may be shocking to some people; I know. I’ve been there. PLEASE…know the signs and symptoms so you or someone you love can get help, hopefully before it is too late.

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