Heroin arrests, overdoses on the rise in MaineAP , Associated Press
Jun. 23, 2013 10:40 AM ET
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Heroin arrests and overdoses are on the rise in Maine.
The state Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services says heroin killed three times as many people in Maine in 2012 than in 2011. Drug agents have made 99 heroin busts the first five months of the year, compared to 127 for all of last year.
Officials tell the Sun Journal (http://bit.ly/1a4m4QK ) of Lewiston that heroin use has risen as oxycodone and other opiates have become more expensive for addicts and harder to obtain.
Heroin was the primary drug or one of the primary drugs in 21 Maine deaths last year, compared to six the year before.
So far in 2013, more than 1,100 people have sought treatment for heroin addiction, compared to 2,241 for all of 2012.
Information from: Sun-Journal, http://www.sunjournal.com