Last week NBC Nightly News turned the spotlight on the fast
growing heroin problem here in the US and Alabama is not exempt. The rise in
heroin use in the Shoals was made apparent last week when several
Law enforcement agencies made known their declaration of war against the
drug. Florence investigators said they first started seeing an increase in
heroin use in Lauderdale County last year. In the last two weeks officials said
they have responded to more than a dozen overdose calls involving the drug.
Drug agents suspect the spike in heroin use is a shift from more costly and
harder-to-get prescription pain pills. Between 2001 and 2013 they busted
only one heroin case. Since then, agents have made 10 distribution cases, 4
possession cases and one case of trafficking. In the city of Florence alone,
police responded to at least five heroin overdose calls, four of which resulted
in death. If you know someone facing substance abuse and mental health issues,
call 1-800-662-HELP. I'm Vanessa Oubre, that's "My Take" What's
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