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Heroin Use On Rise In Area

Reported: May. 15, 2014 10:39 PM EDT
Updated: May. 15, 2014 11:54 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kallie Cart) -- While police are not specifying what type of drug was involved in two child neglect incidents, heroin has been making a huge comeback in our area, with grave results.

The number of heroin deaths per year in West Virginia doubled from 2010 to 2012, which is the most recent year that data is available.

That falls in line with a national trend. It appears more and more addicts are shifting to heroin.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said the number of deadly heroin overdoses went from 34 in 2010, to 67 in 2012.

Most victims were between the ages of 25 and 40, and most were white.

Victims also tend to be men. Of the 218 people who died from heroin between 2008 and 2012, 166 were male.

A yearly government drug survey shows in 2012, 335,000 Americans had tried the drug, that's up from 166,000 back in 2002.



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