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Heroin on the rise

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—Police say another hard drug may soon become the biggest threat.  Heroin is becoming more and more popular in the local community.

Police say they're running into heroin users just about every night, and they suspect it will become the number one hard drug.  According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2008 there were more than 114,000 first-time users of heroin12-years or older.

Police say it's imported from Mexico and sold through dealers.  Popularity is increasing, because right now there is a high supply and low demand, which makes it cheap. Police also say many meth users are now mixing the two drugs.

Not only is meth highly addictive, but it also can leave users at risk for contracting HIV, hepatitis C and other diseases.  Drug users may become infected if they share or reuse syringes and needles that have been used by infected individuals.

If you or someone you know is using drugs, please contact Recovery Pointe at 943-8484.