Hidden America: Heroin Use Has Doubled, Spreading To Suburbs

Source: Byron Pitts / ABC News

Cory Monteith, the clean-cut star of the hit TV show “Glee,” shocked fans earlier this month when he was found dead in Vancouver of an overdose involving heroin and alcohol – but he has quickly become the new face of the next generation of users of the highly addictive drug.

Though this growing group can be found all over the country – a government study shows 620,000 people admitted to using heroin in 2011, twice the number in 2003 – it’s mostly being seen in, of all places, suburbia.

“Every part of Bergen County is touched in some way, shape or form by the heroin epidemic,” said Lt. Thomas Dombroski of the Bergen County, N.J., Prosecutor’s Office as he drove through the leafy suburbs west of New York City.

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