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Heroin overdose rates increase in Louisiana

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Law enforcement officials in southeast Louisiana report dramatic increases in heroin-related deaths. The trend apparently has not reached the northern or southwest portions of the state, but authorities say the highly addictive drug is widespread in Southeast Louisiana.

Although heroin is often thought of as an urban drug, it's being used in smaller cities, suburbs and rural areas. Jefferson Parish has reported one heroin death per week this year. So far, heroin deaths in east Baton Rouge Parish have already tripled in comparison to the amount of all of last year.

Head of Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson even stated that the state crime lab work has tested over 230 samples of suspected heroin this year, that's up from just 78 samples in 2011.

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