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Heroin becoming a bigger problem locally

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:12:29 AM EST   Updated On: Sep 10 2013 12:00:00 AM EDT

Tennessee officials say there's an increasing number of heroin cases in larger cities in the state.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the number of heroin incidents has more than doubled since 2010. 

Locally, we learned deputies and police are seeing more of the deadly drug on our streets.

Sullivan County Deputies said when everyone cracked down on the prescription pill problem, it made those drugs like Oxycotin and Oxycodone harder to get. Addicts turned to heroin to get a similar high.

Leslie Earhart of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office said, "We do know it's being brought in, probably on a weekly basis if not a daily basis."

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said records show that last year there were 241 heroin cases in Middle Tennessee, 143 in West Tennessee and 44 in East Tennessee. Most were in Davidson and Shelby counties.

Robert Perry works with addicts and sees the same problem as law enforcement. "In working in in-patient treatment centers and things like that you're beginning to see more people that claim that as their drug of choice," he said.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's office believes a lot of the heroin is being brought in from larger cities like New York City and Atlanta.