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Heroin cases popping up in north Georgia

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WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - Although heroin isn't made in the United States, law enforcement officials say it's making its way across the country.

Officials say it started in big cities and is now popping up on smaller, rural communities; one of those in north Georgia.

The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force worked zero heroin-related cases last year. Tonight, there are six open cases.

One of the cheapest and most potent drugs is making its way into north Georgia.

“I think it's going to be an epidemic like we've never seen before in this region,” Patrick Doyle said.

Doyle is the commander of the LMJC. He's currently investigating six heroin-related cases, one of those involving an overdose.

“What our greatest fears are that they're going to be experimenting with heroin to get the proper dosage to get the euphoria that they crave,” he said.

Doyle says heroin is becoming easier to get in the area. It's cheaper than prescription pills which make it easier to fall into the hands of kids. Most pills run 50-cents to a dollar per milligram.

“When you're talking about a 30 milligram tablet, you're looking at possibly 30-dollars for that one pill, where you can get a bindle of heroin for 10-bucks and it's got a lot more potency,” he said.

Law enforcement officials and state governments have worked tirelessly to control methamphetamine and prescription pill abuse through doctors and pharmacies. But heroin is making its way into U.S. cities from Mexico and Pakistan. Authorities say it's a constant struggle to try and contain.

“We have to find the source. The local source and cut the head off the snake,” he said.

Doyle says north Georgia hasn't seen any heroin-related deaths. The person that suffered the overdose did survive.

There are deaths that are being investigated as heroin-related.

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