Heroin Spreads In The Midwest As An Option to Expensive Oxycontin


With street prices of some opiates, such as Oxycontin, hitting $80 for a single pill, a growing number of illicit users in Missouri are looking to economize – with heroin, reports the Kansas City Star. A report out today says the white powder long associated with big Eastern cities is fast-growing in Missouri and other Midwestern states, even shooting into small towns and rural areas. A lot of the new users are young, white, and female. Many can link their heroin use to pills they pilfered from parents or got from friends. “It's getting to be an epidemic down here,” said Bobby Burns, residential director for the Mission Missouri recovery project in Sikeston. “You can get a bag of heroin for $10. That's what people are doing when they can't afford the pills.” The report by Missouri Recovery Network says the high price of opiates, combined with a squashing of supply by law enforcement busts of “Oxy rings,” have made heroin a greater drug problem than methamphetamine.

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