Metro Narcotics: Heroin 'big problem' in Lafayette Parish - KLFY News 10

Metro Narcotics: Heroin 'big problem' in Lafayette Parish

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Lafayette Parish has a heroin problem.

The parish's Metro Narcotics Task Force seized over 179 grams of the illegal opiate, last year. It was a new and disturbing indication that heroin was getting a foothold in Acadiana.

At the time, we asked Capt. John Babin, head of the task force, if heroin seizures were still the exception or the new rule. He wasn't sure at the time, but now it looks more like the latter.

"Heroin is a big problem for us here. It's something we haven't dealt with in the past," says Capt. Babin.

Babin says heroin is trending in the Hub City. Hesitant to declare a parish-wide heroin problem following a 41 gram bust in Lafayette, last fall, Babin now says it's reality.

"When you see something that you haven't dealt with in the past you know it could have been a one time and it's done. But we're starting to see it on a more consistent basis now, although it's smaller amounts, but it's more consistent now," says Babin.

Babin says the task force has already seized nearly an ounce of heroin this year.

"Which isn't a huge amount on the grand scheme of things, but as compared to what we've seen in the past, it's a lot," says Babin.

According to task force seizure records, that's about three times the amount seized between 2006 and 2012.

"We're seeing tips coming in and we're seeing officers come across it on traffic stops. I'm hearing about addiction, of people going to hospitals because of the withdrawals," says Babin.

Anecdotal evidence seen by Adrian Perron, a substance abuse counselor at Acadiana Recovery Center.  

"We see those numbers rising and what we'll see I think in 2014 is those numbers continue to rise as the supply of heroin keeps growing in this area," says Perron.

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