Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:35 AM EDT2013-05-22 08:35:27 GMT
LAS VEGAS - The Clark County School Board appoints Pat Skorkowsky as the next superintendent of the school district. The board is in contract negotiations with Skorkowsky, but the details of the contractMore>>
The Clark County Board of School Trustees appointed Pat Skorkowsky as the next superintendent of the school district Tuesday night. More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:00 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:00:18 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Clark County students experience some the largest classes in the country. And while that overcrowding is expected to decrease by one or two students, the vast majority of kids won't see anyMore>>
Clark County students experience some the largest classes in the country. Although the overcrowding is expected to decrease by one or two students next year, the vast majority of kids won't see any significant change.More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:47 AM EDT2013-05-22 08:47:18 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are on scene of a shooting on the 1700 block of Karen Avenue at the Sonoma Shadows Apartments with an FBI agent being shot. This started off as an FBI Task Force InvestigationMore>>
The search for a homicide suspect turned into a shooting Tuesday night. More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:05:29 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a crash involving a teenager who was hit by a vehicle. According to police, the victim was walking on a sidewalk at about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday near Tropicana AvenueMore>>
Metro Police are investigating an incident where a teenager was clipped by a truck's side mirror.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:04 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:04:36 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating the discovery of a deceased person in a home in northwest Las Vegas. According to Metro, a person arrived at the home in the 8000 block of Green Pasture AvenueMore>>
Metro Police are investigating the discovery of a deceased person in a home in northwest Las Vegas.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:55:25 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The ratio of students to teachers in the Clark County School District from first through fifth grade and the ratio of students to classes in kindergarten gradually improved toward the endMore>>
The ratio of students to teachers in the Clark County School District from first through fifth grade and the ratio of students to classes in kindergarten gradually improved toward the end of the last decade but worsened after the 2009-2010 school year.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:45:27 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The deadly tornado in Oklahoma is bringing back some bad memories for one woman who now calls Las Vegas her home. Stephanie McGregor is originally from Moore, Oklahoma and lived there whenMore>>
The deadly tornado in Oklahoma is bringing back some bad memories for one woman now living in Las Vegas.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:04:40 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Urology agreed to pay the Justice Department $1 million to resolve civil allegations that it improperly billed Medicare, TRICARE, and other federal health care insurance programs,More>>
Las Vegas Urology agreed to pay the Justice Department $1 million to resolve civil allegations that it improperly billed Medicare, TRICARE, and other federal health care insurance programs, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Tuesday.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:30 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:30:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- After his 15-year-old son was killed during a robbery last week, Ivan Arenas said he is trying to live the life his son would have wanted. According to police, Marcos Arenas, 15, was killedMore>>
After his 15-year-old son was killed during a robbery last week, Ivan Arenas said he is trying to live the life his son would have wanted.More>>
LAS VEGAS -- The drug heroin often conjures up images of junkies with needles in back alleys or worse. It doesn't conjure up images of kids in southern Nevada school yards. But the experts say that's exactly where dealers are hooking a new generation of smack addicts.
Heroin use in southern Nevada is the on the rise. According to local law enforcement, seizures of the drug have jumped more than 1000 percent since 2007. Overdose deaths are up and local drug treatment centers report more heron-related admissions.
Like the young men you're about to meet on the path away from addiction. The leader of this pack, we'll call him Jesse, finds humor in the circumstance of his television debut. The 20-year-old and his companions 18-year-old John and 17-year-olds Adam and Justin are recovering heroin addicts ascending Mount Awareness as part of their drug rehabilitation.
"I don't think I could've done what I did up here down at any program in town," Jesse said. He graduates this night following a six-month stint at the Harris Springs Ranch, a drug treatment program for men and boys, strategically located high in the Spring Mountains.
Like most here, Jesse arrived by court-order. His trip down the rabbit hole was fueled first by a prescription drug habit. "I started smoking it and when that got too expensive, it went to heroin, smoking that, and it went to shooting heroin. And it wasn't long before I started doing things I didn't want to do," he said.
Like Jesse, a needle served as Mike's moral compass.
"I've been locked up a bunch," said heroin addict Mike. The tattoo on his hand is a permanent reminder of his days as a teenage cocaine dealer. His drug of choice -- until heroin.
"Oh my gosh, it's like you've never wanted something in your life so much. Every single day I sit there and think about it and fiend for it. I think about putting it on foil and smoking it or putting it in a rig and shooting it up," Mike said.
Even 40 days clean, Mike's cravings still control. "He's the lost one," Jesse said.
"The downside of heroin is it's so addictive, so quickly addictive," said Jennifer Hilton, who is the director of men's and adolescent treatment services for Westcare Nevada.
This year alone, Hilton estimates a 15 percent increase in her juvenile heroin admissions. An exponential jump from five years ago. "It had to do with the Oxycontin coming back and the high that came with that and it became easier to get and when they were having such a hard time getting Oxycontin, the dealers made it acceptable. They put a spin on it. 'Hey this is the new great way to get high, just like that but it's just a little cheaper.'"
According to police, one tablet of Oxycontin can cost up to $80 while a balloon of heroin averages $10. Jesse says he got his first taste from a girlfriend. Both were students at one of the valley's most prestigious private high schools.
"Before I know, it's been 13 months. I lost a great job, let a lot of people down and pretty much said 'screw you' to my parents one more time," Jesse said.
Now on the eve of his return to reality, instead of a chasing a high, Jesse runs toward awareness.
"It's been a huge wake up call for me and I wouldn't change that experience for the world. I wouldn't trade going to jail, I wouldn't trade what I did," Jesse said.
Jesse calls himself one of the lucky ones and if you look at the numbers he is. Overdose deaths from heroin jumped 50 percent this year over last year in Clark County. Nevada ranks third highest in the nation for all deaths from drug overdose.