School officials become alarmed after two Dallas students die from “cheese” heroin.
Wired PR News.com – Two students in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) have died as a result of taking cheese heroin in January. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, the incidents have raised concerns from authorities that the drug could be increasing in popularity.
Cheese heroin was first known to surface in Dallas schools in 2005 at an alarming rate. However, an increase in drug arrests on school campuses is believed to have played a significant role in the decline of its use, with a noticeable decline in heroin overdoses of youth in the proceeding years. A total of four related deaths were reported in 2008.
Authorities are now seeking help from parents as well as the community in combating the issue. Jon Dahlander, a spokesperson for DISD, is quoted in the Dallas Morning News report as pleading, “As long as heroin is still an issue of the community, we’re still going to see it… And we need parents’ help, and we need the community’s help on this thing. This is a community issue.”