With all of the talk of the tragic death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who was reportedly found with a needle in his arm, we discover that heroin is becoming a big problem here at home.
According to a newly released report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it has reached epidemic levels in South Florida.
Deaths related to heroin have nearly doubled. In 2012, there were 117 deadly incidents involving the drug, up from 62 deadly cases the year before.
Not only are investigators at the medical examiners office discovering more heroin related cases, but a growing number of those samples contain an additive that makes the drug in some cases 100 times more addictive.
Officials with the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition say the rise in heroin use has a lot to do with the crackdown on pill mills.
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