The recent increase in heroin use across North America, I’ve heard described as an epidemic.

Addiction is a scourge that preys on young adults. When one is inflicted with an addiction, they soon find that it’s an illness that will affect most of their life – and for some it affects all of their life. Knowing that, you would expect our kids to avoid it.

But instead, their natural curiosity combined with their lack of fear lessens the gap between hearing about some friends doing heroin and trying it for yourself. The characteristic or trait of not having developed a sense of fear, which is an animal’s survival instinct, is surprising to me. Is that a genetic flaw or an evolutionary progression?

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