Beware: There Is Heroin In The Suburbs

heroin in the suburbs

By Jackie Pilossoph, Founder, Divorced Girl Smiling, the place to find trusted, vetted divorce professionals, a podcast, website and mobile app.

Parents, beware. There is heroin in the suburbs. After conducting this interview I am scared as hell. The good news is, if we talk to our kids, we have a chance to prevent them from even trying it once.

A Heartbroken Mom Says ‘Heroin is in your suburb’ by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

Loving, respectful and well behaved is how P.J. Newberg described her daughter as a young girl. But when her daughter was in high school, she met a boy, and according to Newberg everything changed.

“Things started getting weird,” said the North Shore single mom. “She didn’t come home some nights, and she began sneaking out, cutting class and just acting different.”

Newberg said she confronted her daughter – then a junior in high school, but her daughter refused to open up about anything. So, she searched her bedroom. What she found was the worst possible nightmare for any mom: needles and heroin. (Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press)

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    One Response to “Beware: There Is Heroin In The Suburbs”

    1. Fredrick Carter

      This is a story that has been told so many times, that it is heartbreaking. As a parent, it is one of the worst nightmares come true. Peer pressure can pretty much destroy your lives. I wish there was something constructive to tell here, but the fact remains that till the time these drugs can be found for sale on streets, children will continue to buy them. There are no wrong parenting issues here to be given as an excuse.


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