I live about 20 minutes south of Cincinnati, Ohio. The number of heroin related deaths in the greater metropolitan area has quadrupled in the past few years. Several city and county law enforcement agencies are now carrying naloxone with them in certain areas to help counter the increasing cases of heroin overdoses.
Connected with the huge increases of heroin related deaths is the increase in crime. Far too many heroin users turn to burglary and robbery to pay for their habits. More homes and cars are broken into, placing homeowners in danger. Several home owners have been injured during the home invasions. Small businesses have seen an increase in robberies and hold up. In some communities, it is no longer safe to walk the streets, day or night, for fear of being mugged.
This is not unique to the greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. The same thing is happening all over county.
Fox News reports that in the past ten years, heroin use by young adults has more than doubled. They also report that deaths linked to heroin overdoses nearly quadrupled.
So where is all of the heroin coming from?
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