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Heroin most common drug among young adults entering rehab in Washington

SEATTLE — Jennifer Troyer says her daughter Sarah was a great kid with an outgoing personality.  Sarah had maintained a 4.0 GPA until she entered high school and started experimenting with drugs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“It started with pot. Then by ninth grade she was using cocaine every day. By 10th grade it was heroin and it’s been a downward spiral since then,” Troyer said Wednesday.

Sarah, who has been in and out of rehab, has been missing since Monday.

“Every time the phone rings, I used to worry it was the police and she had been arrested. Now it’s, did they find a body and need me to identify it?” said Troyer.

According to a new study by the University of Washington, heroin is now the most common drug used among 18- to 29-year-olds who seek help for rehab treatment in our state.

“This is middle class, soccer moms, high schoolers; athletes are falling into that trap.  I have kids in high school and it’s in the high schools,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Matthew Barnes said.

Barnes says the heroin comes straight up I-5 from Mexico and is one of the cheapest drugs out there.

Abby Atchison says she started doing heroin while a student at Stanwood High School and would pay for it with her babysitting money.

“Five dollars would get me high all day. All my friends did it, even good kids. Since Stanwood is a small town, when you’re friends with one person, everyone knows everyone. When one person starts doing it, everyone starts doing it,” said Atchison.

The UW study shows the number of people dying from overdoses has nearly doubled in the past three years. One of those was teenager Maceo Niehaus of Port Angeles. His dealer is now facing potential murder charges.

“If you’re a dealer out there and you sell to anyone and we can pin that on you that you sold to someone who OD’ed and died, federal and local partners are going to come after you,” said Barnes.

Troyer hopes it doesn’t come to that with her daughter. Right now, she just wants to know if she’s OK.

“I’m almost hopeless.  I still have some hope because she’s my daughter but I just want her back,” said Troyer.

Sarah Troyer was at an in-patient rehab facility near Rainier Avenue South and I-90.  On Monday, June 10, she was supposed to be transferred to another facility, but checked herself out.  She has no cell phone, wallet or belongings with her.

Sarah Troyer is 21, 5-foot-7, and 120 pounds.  She has long brown/auburn hair with several tattoos, including an octopus on her left forearm.  She has gauged ear piercings, and has piercings on her sternum.  If you have seen Sarah, you’re asked to call 911.

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Sarah Troyer (Photo courtesy of family)

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18 Comments to “Heroin most common drug among young adults entering rehab in Washington”

    Wally said:
    June 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Hope they find the missing woman and get things straightened out.

    Bill said:
    June 12, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    my daughter has been going through the same thing for the past 7 yrs. she is now 22. this really makes me sick. the worry and stress of it all…………

    Sydney said:
    June 12, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Q13, you should show the public that is not just through injections with needles as a problem with heroin users. You should also present the smoking side of it. The public needs to be aware of all ways of using heroin to see signs of use and better prepare themselves in situations where this form of heroin use is present.

    NAVYTOWN said:
    June 13, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    All schools in Washington should be preparing this summer to have drug education programs in place by the start of the school year in September. If the schools already have such a program, it should be strengthened to include more about the dangers of using heroin. Churches and youth organizations should also be involved.

    Jen said:
    June 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Thank you Q13 for posting about my daughter. Please note that the phone number given is not the police # but is my husband's cell phone. The police non-emergency # is 206.733.9800.

    Since the story aired last night, we've received one lead that Sarah was seen Monday on Queen Anne. If anyone sees her, please call us or call the police – even 911.

    Thank you,
    Jennifer Troyer

    nope. said:
    June 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    This is embarrassingly bad reporting, even for q13fox. "Heroin most common drug among young in washington?" That doesn't even past the laugh test. Use some critical thinking. Maybe read what real journalists reported on the same study and contrast it with what you said and see if you can spot the difference.

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