As the demographics of heroin use continue to shift, a growing number of families whose children died of heroin overdoses are calling for a change in approach to addressing the crisis, according to The New York Times.
Heroin use previously was centered in poor, predominantly black urban areas, the article notes. Today, heroin use has jumped among whites, many of them living in the suburbs and small towns.
“Because the demographic of people affected are more white, more middle class, these are parents who are empowered,” said Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. “They know how to call a legislator, they know how to get angry with their insurance company, they know how to advocate. They have been so instrumental in changing the conversation.”