Quietly, ‘Cheese’ Heroin Problem Continues to Plague Young People in Dallas-Fort Worth


The headlines about “cheese” heroin overdose deaths have faded, but Dallas-area treatment centers still struggle to keep up with a high number of teens as young as 13 addicted to the mix of heroin and sleep aids.

“It hasn’t let up,” said Janet Anselmo-Henson, manager of the Dallas County juvenile department’s substance abuse programs. “Kids are still using, and they’re starting at a young age. We’re seeing several kids who have graduated to injecting heroin, not just snorting it.”