Heroin battle needs community support

In just more than a month, four heroin-related deaths were reported in the nearby Columbus area. But don’t think Jackson County is exempt from this growing menace.

Local police say heroin is becoming an increasing problem because of its low price compared to other similar drugs and wider availability. Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Seymour Police Department both report use of the drug is becoming more common, although it can be cyclical, Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said.

Arrests and people charged with dealing cocaine, narcotics and pills also have increased, police report, and officers have arrested more people for illegally carrying syringes used to shoot drugs, such as heroin, meth or bath salts.

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