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My Take - Heroin Rise

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 yours?

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