Pills leading Cape’s youth to heroin

Drug News

Prescription drug use has spread nationally for more than a decade, and once the trend hit the Cape and Islands, it spread fast. Pills brought heroin, a cheaper, potent and extremely dangerous high, to the suburbs.

The number of patients with opiate addiction at Gosnold, the Cape’s only drug treatment center, has soared from 24 percent in 2002 to 45 percent last year.