Heroin Use Is A Rising Problem in West Virginia

Drugs continue to be a problem in West Virginia....It's one of many states reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. It's a national trend, according to Kenny Burner of the state Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Burner said the numbers of seizures and overdoses have been steadily increasing over the past three to five years. The number of heroin-related deaths are up, and state data shows a huge increase in the number of West Virginians seeking heroin treatment.Burner says it will take community effort through prevention, enforcement and treatment to rid the state of the problems.