Heroin Use Making a Comeback

Heroin Use Making a Comeback

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MOBILE, Alabama -

Authorities say a major drug bust in Baldwin County of a sign of a disturbing trend.

“Heroin is on the rise, whether it be black tar heroin, brown heroin or whatever but we have seen an increase in the use of heroin particularly in the Southeast,” said Sheriff Hoss Mack.

Government data shows more than 600,000 people have admitted to using heroin in the past decade, a 53.5 percent jump.

In 2010 3,094 overdosed on heroin, a 55 % jump since 2000.

“We almost saw heroin use go away and now it is back and it is a little bit purer, it’s coming back to a younger age group and it is extremely dangers,” said Virginia Guy of the Drug Education Council.

Guy says she sees a correlation and has noticed more heroin use after the criminal crackdown on other drugs like pain killers and crystal meth.

“I think that anytime that we crack down as a society on any particular type of drug use it makes those people that are addicted to those drugs find another drug,” said Guy.

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