Heroin use hits 30-year high in Louisville

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 13 at 5:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Drug rehab experts say that heroin use has reached a 30-year high in Louisville and those addicted to the drug say it’s only going to get worse. Louisville Metro Police addressed the issue on Thursday.
 
“We're seeing new heroin users, educated working class people who have turned heroin to feed their addictions,” said Lt. Col. Kenton Buckner with Louisville Metro Police.
 
Heroin could be called the top of the drug food chain with it's powerful high and it's cheap price tag.

Those with the drug rehabilitation center The Healing Place say they have seen the number of heroin addicts triple in just the past nine months.
 
Louisville Metro Police say they are seeing more problems with heroin abuse in the third division along Dixie Highway.
 
The spike is attributed to the government crackdown on prescription drugs. Many addicts have moved on from prescription opiates to the street drug of heroin because it’s cheaper and easier to get.

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