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Delaware Heroin Arrests Expected to Double This Year

The state of Delaware saw heroin related arrests double in 2012 over the year before, from 578 to 1,163. Based on reports from State Police, that number is expected to double once again this year, exceeding 2,000 heroin cases throughout the small state in 2013. The state has seen 1,000 heroin cases to date this year, with approximately half occurring in New Castle County and much of the remaining cases taking place in Kent and Sussex Counties. Even small communities such as the vacation beach town at Rehoboth Beach have felt the effects of a heroin epidemic. Just last week two women in their fifties were arrested for allegedly snorting heroin on the beach under a towel, and were charged with unlawful possession of prescription drugs and drug possession. At the time of the arrest the pair had prescription pills, eleven bags of heroin, a crack pipe and drug paraphernalia with them on the beach.

Though these two women were older, it is unfortunately all too common for teens and young adults to become the subjects of arrests related to heroin. Many young people begin their journey on drugs with marijuana or, more recently, prescription pills which can easily be found in medicine cabinets at home. Prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin are highly addictive, but very expensive. Inevitably, many teens who become addicted to prescriptions switch to heroin because it is rich in supply and much cheaper then the pills. According to a Delaware State Police officer, small dime bags of heroin are typically purchased for 60 to 80 dollars and can provide multiple hits. The increasing regulations on prescription pills are also contributing to the rising popularity of heroin which currently ranks third in Delaware behind marijuana and cocaine but is quickly gaining traction.

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