Tennessee authorities expect surge in heroin use

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee law enforcement agents are bracing for a resurgence of heroin use as prescription pill abusers turn to the drug, fueled by the need for a low-cost alternative. Police say the cheap heroin is being aggressively marketed by dealers from Mexico who sell one dose for as little as $10.

Authorities say that price is far less than the street value of an illegal prescription pill, which can cost anywhere from $30 to $80.

Records from an ongoing heroin case in federal court in Nashville shows just how easy it is for users to gain access to the drug. According to guilty pleas in the case, the dealers operated a delivery service that would bring the drug to customers in parking lots and shopping malls.

Authorities say many of the new heroin users are young people.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Don Location: Knox on Aug 29, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    Too many people live their entire lives without any of this junk for an alternative to be needed. It's not food, water or shelter. It's a glorified way to kill oneself and destroy the lives of those around the user. These people don't operate in a vacuum. They bring others down with them. It's just a testament to how overwhelmingly selfish some people are.
  • by l on Aug 28, 2011 at 08:25 PM
    Not surprising. I'm just surprised it took this long. Every time they attack one thing (pills in this case) they just make things worse because much stronger drugs end up taking their place. Back in 70s meth used to be known as speed and it was lot less powerful. Now it's a real monster. Same thing with this. Instead of having people and kids taking pills, which are less powerful, easier to kick than heroin, and a whole lot safer, the crackdown brings back heroin with a vengeance.

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