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Sep 9, 2012 3:12 PM

Louisville Police See Increase In Heroin Abuse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Police say heroin addiction has drastically increased in Louisville over the last few years as law enforcement officials crackdown on the abuse of prescription pain pills.

In addition to the crackdown, officials say street prices for pain pills are steadily increasing, making the cheaper, easier to obtain heroin more appealing.

According to The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/OjBN4Z), the amount of heroin seized by authorities jumped from 104 grams in 2008 to 7,087 grams so far this year. Heroin arrests also shot up from 32 to 364 during that time.

Officials say University Hospital treated 252 heroin overdose patients this year between June and August, up from 116 in the same period a year earlier. And local drug-treatment facilities say they, too, are seeing an increase in addicts of the opium-derived drug.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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