SAN ANTONIO -- Experts with the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse say heroin is now the go-to drug for many first time users.
"I just wanted to fit in," said Paula Lance, a recoverd drug addict. "People were doing it, so I tried it. That was it."
There was no turning back after that first heroin high. Lance was addicted.
"It's a feel good drug, and unfortunately it doesn't have the stigma that other drugs do," Lance said.
Lance has now been drug free for six years. However, drug councelors say the drug is making a comeback. More and more people, especially teens, could be at risk of becoming addicted.
"Also, with the abuse of perscription drugs, when these drugs are not available, people are turning to heroin because they are cheaper than what the drugs are going for," said Gyna Juarez, a prevention resource center coordinator for SACADA.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, heroin use has increased 80 percent among teens.
"It is making its presence. You can get it anywhere," Lance said.
Just this week, a 27-year-old California man was arrested near the Texas Panhandle. He was caught with more than $1 million in heroin. Troopers with the Department of Public Safety said the drugs were headed to Tulsa, Okla.
Lance said it's a very scary thought.
"[Heroin addicts] can't even see the light at the end of the tunnel because the drug deceives them," Lance said.
Lucky for Lance, she was able to break free. She's now working to become a certified peer coach through SACADA, hoping to help others find their way.
Anyone seeking help is encouraged to contact Mid-Coast Family Services at (210) 271-9452.