Heroin Deaths, Overdoses Up In NC's Biggest City

Police in North Carolina's largest city say heroin deaths have more than tripled in the last year.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that Charlotte already has 33 overdoses and 10 deaths from heroin, up from eight overdoses and three deaths in 2008.

Police say they've shut down seven Charlotte drug cells since June. Seizures of heroin have quadrupled from about 1,000 grams last year to nearly 5,000 grams this year.

Officials blame an increase in heroin gangs tied to Mexican drug organizations. Police say black-tar heroin made from poppies in Mexico and transported to the United States is cheaper than other forms of the drug. They say Mexican cartels have well-run distributions networks and target teenagers.


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  • by sue Location: greenville on Oct 21, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    Those druggies will never learn. They are killing our country.
  • by Emily Location: Greenville on Oct 21, 2009 at 07:19 AM
    Who cares? Let them shoot up and OD! It makes it safer for the rest of us when these addicts die. And it's not like a heroin OD is an accident that happens to addicts--they choose to shoot up. Actions have consequences!
  • by Juan on Oct 21, 2009 at 05:24 AM
    Us illegals are taking over the drug trade too
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