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Heroin Use In Michigan On The Rise

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Megan Sanctorum Megan Sanctorum

More people in mid-Michigan are using heroin.

That's according to state police and rehab centers. On Wednesday law enforcement officials announced they broke up a crime ring directly related to heroin use in Ingham County.

"It impacts the criminal justice system, the hospitals, and the whole community," said Judi Kates, program director at the Community Mental Health Authority.

It's a dangerous and sometimes deadly drug and officials say the number of people using it is up.

"We have seen an increase in the number of people using heroin," said Kates.

Kates not the only one who's seen the increase, Michigan State Police have too.

"Our tri-county narcotics squad doubled the amount of heroin that was seized during their investigation in 2011 over 2010," said Det. First Lt. Timothy Gill, MSP.

The drug is highly addictive, dangerous and expensive.

"They can spend one thousand dollars a week. They can spend one hundred dollars a day depending on their tolerance," said Judi Kates. 

The cost of the drug is usually more than people can afford. 

"They can't possibly support their habits, so they turn to other things to do it which includes theft and burglary," said Kate, "It's something that we need to be concerned with, and keep our eye on and take efforts to try and stop the flow."

Kates says it's not just an issue that affects the family and friends of users, it's a community issue.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on heroin use or trafficking to come forward and call 517-394-5588.

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