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Feb 26, 2013 4:43 PM

Lexington Officials Concerned About Jump In Heroin Overdoses

There was a startling revelation Tuesday from Lexington's top prosecutor and the coroner's office. It involves overdose deaths - more specifically from heroin - they're seeing a lot of lately here in Lexington.

The coroner's office reports three confirmed heroin overdose deaths and they suspect up to ten in the past two weeks alone. That's almost a death a day in the past 14 days

LEX 18 has learned from sources that heroin is suspected in Kyley Palmer's death last week in Lexington. Her body was found on the side of Leeann Lane.

While there may be as many as ten deaths in Lexington the past two weeks, officials are still awaiting final toxicology reports to come back.

The statistics have prompted Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson to work with the coroner's office and Lexington Police to try to find a way to curb heroin use.

Larson warns users likely have no idea what they're really getting. It's getting so bad Lexington Police say their drug enforcement unit is dedicating lots of resources to the growing problem.

Larson says the heroin is coming from places like Detroit, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Mexico, and is showing up more because authorities have cracked down on the prescription pill pipeline.

Heroin, Larson says, is cheaper than pills and cocaine.

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