According to the Dallas ISD Police Department a new drug is on the streets directed at our young people. The new drug mixture known on the street as "Cheese" is a so-called "starter form" of heroin. Fifty-four felony and 24 found-property cases involving this new drug mixture were handled by the Dallas ISD Police Department during the 2005-2006 school year.

Parents, educators, and public safety officials should be alert.

"Cheese" is typically found folded inside a small paper bindle. Analysis of "Cheese" shows that it contains acetaminophen, diphenhydramine hydrochloride, and up to 8 percent heroin. Due to chemical interference caused by acetaminophen and diphenhydramine hydrochloride, forensic analysis can be challenging. It is believed that "Cheese" is manufactured by mixing a small quantity of heroin with a large quantity of crushed Tylenol-PM® caplets, a commonly available formulation of acetaminophen and diphenhydramine hydrochloride.

"Cheese" appears to be a favorite of Hispanic juveniles, both male and female. Users as young as 13 are known to be experimenting with this drug.

Typically, it is described as a light tan-colored powder with granules varying from fine powder to 1.5 millimeters in size. In a similar fashion to snorting cocaine, "cheese" is snorted through a tube into the nose. The effects that one may experience from "cheese" are euphoria, disorientation, lethargy, sleepiness, and hunger.

As heroin has proven to be highly addictive, "cheese" appears to follow in the same characteristic and symptoms; withdrawal may onset as fast as within 12 hours of cessation of use.

Another characteristic that attracts youth to "Cheese" is the cost. Typically, a capsule of "Cheese" can be purchased for $5 to $10, making it affordable for the young.

Additional information can be gained on this and other drugs by contacting Narconon Arrowhead at (800) 468-6933 or on their Website at www.stopdrugs.com.

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