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Heroin seizures continue to rise

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Over the last few years, law enforcement has seen an increase in heroin use statewide. Captain John Babin with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office says since the inception of the narcotics division, they've seized over 170 grams of the drug. But its popularity is fairly new to this area-at least within last four years.

"For a long time, in this area, it's just something we didn't see," said Babin. "But now it's here. Is it here to stay? Yes, possibly. We're going to have to deal with it."

Experts attribute heroin's popularity to the crackdown of prescription opioids by both doctors and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

"They're not as easy to get anymore," said Bain. "They're expensive. Heroin is cheaper. It's a cheaper drug."

And with increased usage comes increased admissions into detox and addiction facilities like the Victory Addiction and Recovery Center in Lafayette. While there is a stigma attached to heroin abuse, Victory's Clinical Director, Katie Buller says it (addiction) can happen to anyone.

"(It can happen) to people who have never had a prior history of abuse who never even drank," said Buller. "But after a surgery and getting on pain medication, they become addicted very quickly."

Victory staff has seen an uptick in patients, struggling to kick the addiction. Buller says detoxing can be very dangerous with flu like systems.

"It's very addictive and the detox is very hard to get over without medical care."

While treatment centers focus on a fix, Captain Babin says they're focusing on a solution.

"We're trying to get a handle on it and how to deal with those people who are selling," said Babin.

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