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Heroin Crimes Increase In Delaware

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DELAWARE, US - The state of Delaware is experiencing a steady increase in heroin related crimes in the past few years

 

"I can tell you some of the past 2 and a half years, police are seeing an increase of heroin investigation. In 2011, we conducted 578 heroin investigations. Last year, that number doubled to 1163. This year alone we're on track to pass that number substantially. This year, heroin continues to be the top street drug that's out there" says Public Information Officer of Delaware State Police Paul Shavack.

One of the reasons police believe why there has been an increase in the usage of heroin in the state is the fact that prescription drug is restricted with regulations and Medicare. That, in turns, causes prescription pills to sell for about 1 dollar per milligram, or 3 dollars a pill. Compare that to heroin, which sells for about 5 dollars a bag.

"It definite is a big issue. Any drug that's going to cause problems within society, that's the case. Specifically heroin at this time. We see a steady growth in that. Addicts are looking for their next high, that next hit and you need money to do that. So what they do is look for quick things like jewelry or electronics then they sell these items very quickly because they go to their next bundle of heroin" says Shavack.

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