LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - When you take your pet to the vet, you expect a healthy and safe return, but for a Lansing family, the visit ended in heart break when they found their dog dead on the side of theget more >>
Mireles took his family dog to Comprehensive Animal Hospital for surgery with Dr. Agbonaget more >>
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A pawn shop owner in south Lansing caught a thief on-camera stealing more than $2,000 worth of diamond jewelry from his store, while the thief's three accomplices kept the storeget more >>
Surveillance video catches a suspected thief stealing more than $2,000 worth of diamond jewelry from a Lansing pawn shopget more >>
JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is looking for information on a man they say stole several firearms and silencers. It happened on May 8 at the Schupback'sget more >>
They say after the store closed, a man came out of hiding and stole several firearms and silencersget more >>
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WLNS) - Orion Donaldson moved to Oklahoma City just a few months ago from his hometown of Mason. Today, he's left facing the damage and destruction done just a few miles away in Mooreget more >>
Even though his roots are in mid-Michigan, he says he'll be heading to Moore this weekend to help clean up his new neighborsget more >>
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The office of the Michigan attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a Lansing-based production company for failing to pay thousands of dollars in employee wages. Accordingget more >>
The Michigan attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit against a Lansing-based production company for failing to pay thousands of dollars in employee wagesget more >>
The Michigan Supreme Court says medical marijuana users aren't automatically breaking the law if they're caught driving after using the drug. The court on Tuesday unanimously overturned an appeals courtget more >>
Police must show medical marijuana users actually "under the influence"get more >>
Crime Stoppers of Mid-Michigan is asking for the public's help in one incident and locating two men wanted for felonies. On Thursday, March 7 around 11:30p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 blockget more >>
If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 517-483-STOPget more >>
Some 300 people in Jackson filed a petition, saying it was a plan that just wreaked and was plain dirty. And Tuesday city council made a clean move in terms of their trash removal. By a five to one vote,get more >>
Some 300 people in Jackson filed a petition, saying it was a plan that just wreaked and was plain dirty. get more >>
JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - A 30-year-old woman could be in front of a judge Monday to face charges for the death of a man believed to be her boyfriend. Officials say the incident happened Saturday at anget more >>
Neighbors commented that the suspect and the victim had a noticeably abusive relationshipget more >>
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – More than 200 new jobs are coming to the General Motors Lansing Grand River Plant, the company announced on Monday. General Motors says the new jobs will be the result of a $44.5get more >>
GM says it plans to pump $44.5 million into building a new facility, leading to 200 additional jobsget more >>
Experts say tough economic times have caused drug abusers to turn to cheaper and more dangerous alternatives such as heroin. Reports have shown that the City of Jackson has had several over-doses in the past month.
The Head of Warren's Special Investigations division says heroin is cheaper than pills and it's a high that lasts a long time.
"I think these are choices people are making regardless of what the economy's like. And often times we've seen cases where these are working people," said Sheriff Steven Rand.
U.S. officials say opiates, which include heroin, were involved in 680 overdose deaths in Michigan last year. State officials say the number of people receiving treatment for heroin abuse in the state jumped from nearly 8,000 in 2001 to 11,000 last year.
This past weekend, a woman crashed her car while officers suspect she was using heroin. One officer came across the woman Sunday morning in her car with a needle still in her arm, suspected of shooting up heroin minutes before she went onto the road.
"People are willing to gamble with their lives as far as using heroin. It's pretty sad," said Sheriff Rand.
Groups like the Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition are trying to stop these cases from spiraling out of control.
"Most heroin users, when you ask them did they start on heroin, the answer's no. Most actually start with prescription drugs. So we really try to combat that and go upstream and address prescription drug abuse, because if we can avoid that, we're getting the heroin use lower as well," said SAP Coalition Prevention Manager Kelsey Haynes.
But officials do recognize it's a big problem that could get even bigger.
"2011 probably saw the biggest rise in heroin abuse in several years. So I anticipate 2012 will be another big year for heroin use. And I can't explain why that is, but there certainly has been an uptick," said Sheriff Rand.
The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition does have lot of information available on different programs and prevention efforts. You can find that link in Seen on 6.
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