By Steve Murphy, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new report finds a growing use of heroin in the Twin Cities.

Carol Falkowski of the Minnesota Department of Human Services says the number of people admitted for treatment of heroin and opiate addiction doubled over the past decade. Availability of the drug is a major reason.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

“Most people don’t realize that, for many drug abusers, heroin is just a phone call away,” she said.

Falkowski said the increase is linked to the Mexican pipeline, which once brought cocaine and now brings heroin.

“It has to do with availability and it has to do with high purity heroin at very low prices,” she said.

Other trends in the twice-annual report: a decline in cocaine use but an increase in synthetic marijuana.

Comments (12)
  1. Andy Kornkven says:

    Where is this heroin coming from? Answer: nearly all of it comes from Afghanistan, now occupied by US troops. In 2001 the ruling Taliban outlawed the production of poppy seeds used to make heroin. Heroin production dropped to zero. Then the US invaded, and heroin production skyrocketed.

    It’s a painful truth to face, but our soldiers invaded Afghanistan to restore and protect the heroin trade, so that our young people can become addicts. Much the same thing happened in South East Asia during the Vietnam War.

    1. insignificant says:

      yes sir…CIA knows all about it,eh?

    2. Jake C says:

      Andy, you are absolutely 100% wrong. Yes, nearly 90% of the worlds opium/heroin originates from Afghanistan. But here in the U.S. and more pricicely the Twin Cities, almost 0% comes from Afghanistan. The reason for the increase usage here in the TC is the more Black Tar heroin coming from Mexico thats very cheap and relatively pure. Most heroin in the U.S. is mostly from Mexico(western U.S, and Colombia(eastern U.S.) Almost all heroin from Afghanistan is destined for the European and mideast markets. Your right about the invasion part, production there was almost nil. Now it supplies most of the world.

  2. Victim Du Jour says:

    That’s because potheads get bored with weed, so the bump it up for a new buzz.

    1. MacRight says:

      Is that what your mother told you?

  3. Victim Du Jour says:

    According to Reuters, Heroin is coming from Mexico.

  4. Kevin says:

    Hmmm…voted best Gay city……murder nightly…..heroin on the rise….two hero Officers gunned donw in St Paul……Gosh….I love Minnesota…..or at least I used to….

    1. insignificant says:

      you forgot about your wonderful football teams…ahahahahaha!!!!

  5. Nancy Aleshire says:

    A lot of these people start out on oxycontin and oxycodone. These are all opiates that are prescribed by a doctor for pain relief. They exceed their prescribed dosages and wind up addicted. They find these medications are too expensive and switch over to heroin. A lot of them are your typical neighbors on the street that don’t fit the stereotype of your typical drug addict. They need help not condemnation

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