While heroin and opioid abuse continues to be a scourge across the state — grabbing the focus of law enforcement, especially in rural areas — police in Indianapolis are seeing a “significant increase” in meth use, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Capt. Robert Holt said, reports the Indianapolis Star.. One man said he could spend $150 to $200 a day on heroin, or he could slash the costs by using meth, spending about $50 each day. “It’s stupid cheap,” he said.
Meanwhile, Indiana State Police investigators say they are seeing a downward trend in the number of home-grown meth labs. One factor in play is an influx of meth from Mexican cartels into the Indianapolis area. While the volume of marijuana from Mexico has declined in recent years, cartels are now flooding the area with heroin and meth, Holt said.”They are pretty savvy in picking up what types of drugs to import in the U.S.,” Holt said. “Heroin and meth probably have most addictive properties, and they are taking advantage of that to ensure repeat customers.”