- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Law officers in northwest Alabama say they are seeing a surge of heroin abuse and crime related to the drug.

They say the resurgence of heroin in Alabama in recent years mirrors national patterns.

The TimesDaily reports (https://bit.ly/12Ee4nX) that authorities in several northwest Alabama counties say they didn’t see heroin in their areas before 2013. But in the past two years, they’ve made arrests for drug crimes related to its sale.

In Lauderdale County, officials reported five overdose-related deaths this year.

Experts say that part of the reason heroin is gaining popularity is that Alabama and other states have cracked down on prescription drug abuse, prompting some addicts to search for heroin instead.

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Information from: TimesDaily, https://www.timesdaily.com/

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