February 6th, 2014
08:50 PM ET

Teenage heroin use exploding in suburbs

Philip Seymour Hoffman spent 10 days in rehab last year after coming to terms with an addiction that spiraled from prescription pills to heroin.

And as we have seen - the path to recovery is an especially difficult process for heroin addicts.

Our Poppy Harlow traveled to an area outside of New York City where heroin use has exploded and addiction counselors are seeing users get younger each day.

Filed under: Drugs • Heroin • News
February 5th, 2014
09:21 PM ET

Hoffman's overdose highlights Hollywood's growing addiction to Heroin

Last May, Hoffman checked himself into a detox center for a heroin addiction and like so many other stars, including Robert Downey Jr., Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, he did it in the privacy of a drug treatment facility.

But what really happens inside these cozy and expensive clinics? And why is it that they've become so popular?

CNN's David Mattingly has the story OutFront.

Filed under: Drugs • Heroin • News • Philip Seymour Hoffman
February 5th, 2014
09:07 PM ET

Four arrested in connection with drugs found in Hoffman's apartment

New York (CNN) - Four people believed to be connected to the drugs found in Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment were arrested late Tuesday night, law enforcement officials told CNN.

During the raid that led to the arrest of the three men and one woman, police recovered 350 small plastic bags of what is believed to be heroin, the officials said. The bags of alleged heroin were branded "black list" and "red bull" - not the same brands found in Hoffman's apartment, the sources said.

Apartments at 302 Mott Street in Manhattan, where the four were arrested, are part of the investigation into Hoffman's death, according to a police source.

The source identified the suspects being investigated in connection with drugs sold to Hoffman as Juliana Luchkiw, 22, charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana; Max Rosenblum, 22, charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana; Robert Vineberg, 57, charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia; and Thomas Cushman, 48, charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.


Filed under: Drugs • Heroin • Philip Seymour Hoffman
February 4th, 2014
08:47 PM ET

A life-saving drug for heroin overdoses: Could it have saved Hoffman?

Two weeks ago CNN spoke to Governor Peter Shumlin about the alarming use of heroin in Vermont and his choice to devote his entire State of the State address to the growing problem.

Today, Senator Harry Reid called Vermont's governor a visionary and spoke about the problems of heroin addiction - calling it a 'scourge sweeping the nation'.

"We have people who start off with some kind of prescription drugs and wind up with this stuff that has been prepared by purveyors of evil; not knowing what's in it," Senator Harry Reid added. "There are some who believe that they put baby laxative in this. They put all kinds of stuff that looks like heroin. It's a terrible shame."

Between 2000 and 2010, heroin overdose deaths have increased by 55 percent. It's a national crisis and both Harm Reduction Activists as well as law enforcement are pushing for greater access to Naloxone drug that can actually reverse a heroin overdose.

CNN chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has obtained some remarkable video of this drug in action. He's OutFront.

Filed under: Drugs • Health • Heroin • News
February 3rd, 2014
09:02 PM ET

Heroin use on the rise in the U.S.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is a devastating loss and his suspected drug use is bringing new attention to an alarming trend OutFront has been reporting on for weeks.

The number of people using heroin is rising dramatically across the United States and quickly becoming a national crisis.

Between 2002 and 2012 heroin use has jumped more than 100 percent nationwide and overdose deaths increased 55 percent from 2000 to 2010.

CNN'S Ted Rowlands has more OutFront.

Filed under: Crime • Drugs • Heroin • News