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Experts: Youth alcohol use down, heroin use up


February 24, 2016

The following article is the fourth in an eight-part series produced by The Beacon on teen issues. Called “Turn Up The Volume,” the series aims to educate our readers while offering information – and hope – to those needing help. – Ed.

Youth heroin usage in Snohomish County is a serious problem. In fact, some experts warn, it’s an epidemic.

According to the Snohomish Health District, from 2011 to 2013, about 1 out of every 5 heroin deaths in the state occurred in Snohomish County, a county with only one-tenth of the total population in Washington.

In 2013 alone, heroin...

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