PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials say there is a new player in the war on drugs in Eastern Kentucky. Paul Hayes with Operation UNITE explains, "We are noticing an increase of heroin sales in our area." Prestonsburg Assistant Chief of Police Bryan Hall says heroin is, "Something we really hadn't seen much of before but now we are seeing it pretty regularly."
Officials with Operation UNITE say the increase is due to heroin sources migrating from northern states. Hayes says they are, "Making their way into our area so that's brought about an increase and we hope to be able to address that and we are working to address that as we speak."
Hayes says other police agencies are seeing the same trend of heroin moving in from the north. Hall says, "We got some that came in from Michigan and some that came in from Ohio."
Local law enforcement officials say they see the increase in heroin sales as an unintended consequence of their successes against other drugs.
Hall says it is history repeating itself, "When you do a good job stopping one drug another one comes in, always happens."
Officials expect heroin to remain a problem, "It is supply and demand, it is going to be here," says Hall.
They will continue to fight the ongoing battle with illegal drugs as Hayes says, "This is a constant battle we are constantly doing everything we can do to address the illegal drugs wether it is the prescription drugs, or heroin, or meth, or whatever it is."