Paul knew his son was doing something he shouldn't -- drinking, smoking weed, maybe popping pills.So when the West Milford father saw the odometer on James' new 2009 Toyota racking up almost 100 miles a day, he had to say something: "You better quit going to Paterson every day to buy drugs," he quipped, trying to keep it light.
James, then 17, laughed, but he recalls thinking, "'He can't know, can he?' All I kept thinking was, 'I hope I don't get caught today because I really want to get high.' "It was late spring 2009, and James was already weeks into heroin addiction. Yet it would be months before he would admit that fact to himself and his family.A junior in a North Jersey private school, James continued to blend in: He still wore his favorite Ed Hardy shirts and kept his hair trimmed and earring in place. He remained solid in class, pulling B's without much effort.But that, say experts, is typical today: Many heroin users are suburban kids who have enough disposable income and support to avoid detection -- in some cases, even for months."It's not in dark alleys anymore," said Dou...