Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says Indianapolis law enforcement has seen a steady increase in heroin-related activity across the city in the past year.
He also attributes the introduction of heroin into the city to the state’s crackdown on methamphetamine and illegal access to prescription drugs.
“A lot of these individuals in the past have turned to prescription drugs, and now they can’t get those because of the crackdown” Riggs says. “And some of them are turning to heroin.”
Riggs says heroin is becoming the drug of choice among more than just young or poor people, but also middle and upper middle class families.
Riggs says Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Rick Hite and other city officials are currently working on strategies aimed at minimizing the impact of heroin.