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Heroin On The Rise In Indianapolis

A city official says the popularity of the drug is similar to that of crack-cocaine across the nation in the 1990s.

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Heroin is making its way to Indianapolis from Mexico to the south and from Chicago to the north, according to Public Safety Director Troy Higgs.

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.

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