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New Drug Targets High School Students...Called "Cheese"

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Parents beware, our top story tonight concerns a new heroin-based drug sweeping the adolencent population.  The highly-addictive drug has already surfaced in the Dallas-area, and now authorities here are on high-alert. 

At the start of the school year, Dallas ISD Police first reported students snorting the mixture of ground-up cold medicines and heroin.  The school police has prosecuted 54 offenses in the district's schools this year, and 24 of those cases involved this drug.

Since the drug's appearance in Dallas, agents nationwide have been warned to watch for it.   Bill Bristow from Juvenile Services said, "Dallas ISD is usually the first area that gets anything new or prevelant in adolescent populations so we're on a network that give us information. Anything from drugs to gangs."

The Drug Enforcement Administration is calling the addictive concoction "starter heroin," but on the streets, its adopted the name "cheese."  Bristow says, "Cheese is a drug that is highly addictive to kids, but its also cheap and easy to get your hands on it you're down in the metro area. Up here, of course its alcohol, marijuana, and meth we worry about."

Bill Bristow is the Director of Juvenile Services in Grayson County and says "cheese" has yet to surface here.  But it could only be a matter of time.  "Usually anything like gang trends, or drug trends its 4 to 5 years before they really get up here. But with population growth of the area, and summertime guests at the lake, anythings possible, anything can float up.  The lake brings folks to this area and usually we'll find during the summer an increase of something unusual from the lake population", Bristow comments.

Symptoms like headaches, muscular pain, and disorientation may be present in a 12-hour period.  Many users have tried to quit, but they are beaten by physical symptoms and return to regular use in two or three days.

Some Denison students have said they have heard of the drug cheese.  But said it isn't common in their schools.  We'll continue to follow this story for you.

Chelsea Hover, KTEN News.