In the past few years, experts and law enforcement officials have noticed a disturbing trend: There has been a dramatic spike in teenage heroin use, although heroin use in general has leveled off or even declined in many areas. Many believe this is due to the widespread availability of prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin.  They are opioid derivatives, just like heroin.  However, OxyContin and Vicodin are easily found in parents’ medicine cabinets.

It has been seen that the use of OxyContin and Vicodin in teenagers will serve as a gateway to heroin. Why? Because a small pack of heroin may cost as little as $5, which is cheaper than a six pack of beer.  A single pill of Vicodin or OxyContin goes from $5 to $40. So, for teenagers who aren’t known for having a lot of money, heroin can be an easy and cheap alternative. Unfortunately, since heroin has not been a major issue in the media for several years, most teenagers aren’t associating their heroin use with issues such as: overdosing, crippling addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and death.  

Teenager heroin use is a statewide issue.  We hope that you can join us in learning about the demographics associated with increasing heroin prevalence in Minnesota. There will also be an overview of the intoxication and withdrawal symptoms of heroin, including the assessment of common mental health and medical conditions associated with heroin use.

About the Presenter:

Rick Moldenhauer, MS, LADC, ICADC, LPC is the Treatment Services Consultant at the Chemical Health Division within the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Rick has 20+ years of direct care experience in a wealth of chemical dependency treatment settings. He is involved in various state initiatives focusing on best practices in delivery (e.g. peer review, implementation of treatment rule/statutes), as well as a member of various federal review committees (e.g. treatment improvement protocols). In addition to providing technical assistance, he is an author and frequent speaker on the delivery of quality chemical dependency services.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the symptoms of intoxication and withdrawal from heroin
  • Differentiate between heroin use and common medical/mental health issues
  • Identify treatment and intervention strategies for heroin addicts in Minnesota


    • Friday March 15, 2013
    • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • $30 for non-YIPA members
    • FREE to YIPA members and YouthPrise Grantees
    • TIES Building in Falcon Heights (at the intersection of Snelling and Larpenteur Avenue)
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    • This training will count as two CEU hours for most boards. YIPA will provide you with the materials you need to seek approval from your board.

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