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Teen heroin addicts start with pot

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Teen Heroin addicts often start their drug use with alcohol and pot. That's just reality for many younger heroin addicts.

13abc spoke to Stephanie and Derek, both recovering heroin addicts in their early 20s. Both are taking part in outpatient rehab at Glenbeigh Drug and Alcohol treatment center in Toledo, and both say they started their path to heroin addiction when they took their first drink at age 16.

They both admit to using marijuana quickly after that, graduating to opiod pain pills and then on to heroin. 

Glenbeigh Drug and Alcohol Counselor Jim says that is the profile of a record number of heroin addicts filling treatment groups these days. 

Jim says, five years ago, he might have one heroin addict out of 50 patients.  Now he says around half his patients are seeking rehabilitation from heroin addiction. 

The majority of these addicts range in age from 18 to 28, but there are also a number of middle-aged heroin addicts.

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