Heroin Epidemic: Fighting Back

Published 02/03 2014 06:15PM

Updated 02/03 2014 11:54PM

February 3, 2014- In light of increasing death and addiction rates, local experts are speaking out against the heroin epidemic.
It's a drug that has been thrust into the spotlight and has pulled many people into darkness.
CNN reports Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dying of an apparent drug overdose Sunday.
Heroin, prescription drugs and syringes were said to be found in his home.
Area drug prevention officials say the drug is cheap, easy to get and highly addictive.
Dennis Tobin, the Regional Director of the Bureau of Narcotics and Drug Control, says the opiate is being shipped in from Detroit.
He says it can be cut with other drugs creating an even more deadly cocktail, killing people of all ages.
And Desmond Kane with Gaudenzia Crossroads says the drug is now being cut with Fentanyl, a potent pain killer, making heroin potentially more deadly.
But addiction specialists say help is readily available, but they say it takes an addicts free will and awareness to want to make a change.
Addiction experts tell us their goal is to continue to educate the youth and teach more about prevention in local elementary schools and high schools.

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