Heroin deaths rise as crackdown on prescription drug abuse succeeds
As efforts to crack down on abuse of prescription drugs have worked, a new problem has cropped up.
Addicts who can no longer get their fix by popping pills are turning to old-fashioned street drugs – most notably, heroin.
The trend is showing up in local arrests, drug seizures and visits to treatment centers. Drug dealers are having to switch their product line and finding new markets in the suburbs where teenagers once got their stash from the local drug store or their parents' medicine cabinet.