Youthful trends that emerge in larger, more affluent metropolitan areas often find their ways to Norman. One we'd just as soon stays away forever is the use of heroin among high school students.

Plano, Texas, an affluent North Dallas suburb, struggled with the deaths of at least 20 young people ten years ago. Seventy two people went to federal prison. Three hundred and fifty were brought down on state drug charges, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Hundreds of parents packed community meetings. For several years, the heroin and the deaths seemed to go away. A meeting in April drew only a handful of parents.

Now, some fear heroin and other hard drugs are making a comeback in Plano. For five years, the medical examiner in Collin County didn't handle a school-age heroin overdose. In the last 14 months, three Plano teens and one in nearby Frisco have died from the drug. Another one, the newspaper reports, died from methadone, a drug used to treat heroin addiction.

Counselors have urged parents to avoid complacency. They suggest parents limit the amount of time children are unsupervised, be nosy and aware, know your child's friends and where your child is at all times. Keep track of how much money he or she has and where they spend it, set clear standards on drug and alcohol use. They also suggest you drug test your child so he or she has an excuse not to experiment.

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