Officials say heroin a growing problem in EKY

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Officials in Eastern Kentucky say heroin is a growing problem in the mountains.

MGN Online

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Law enforcement officials have been battling the so-called prescription pill epidemic for a while, but now another drug is becoming a bigger problem.

Officials in Eastern Kentucky, like Floyd County Commonwealth Attorney Brent Turner, say heroin is a growing problem in the mountains.

"We've had several cases over the past year where we've had people bringing it in, being caught with heroine here from central Kentucky, Ohio and as far away as Detroit," said Turner.

Officials in Floyd County say there could be a number of reasons heroine is a growing problem in the area including the fact that prescription pills are so much more expensive to obtain.

"We're starting to clamp down on the number of pills that are being disseminated out there, and sometimes when you see that happen people will turn to some alternative drug," said Turner.

In fact a recent report from the Office of the State Medical Examiner shows total overdose deaths decreased from 2011 to 2012, but heroin overdoses increased.

"When I first started prosecuting 15 years ago we really hardly ever saw it," said Turner.

Now officials are left trying to fight a deadly drug they say is hard to track.

The Office of Drug Control Policy says heroin samples collected by the Kentucky State Police lab jumped 211% from 2010 to 2012.


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