Heroin is on the rise in Rapid City
Heroin is on the rise in Rapid City, causing more and more problems in our area.
Although, meth is still the number one problem in this area, heroin is catching up.
An undercover officer with the United Narcotics Enforcement Team says, “Within the last two to three years, we've seized multiple ounces, if not pounds of heroin. So it's definitely on the rise. It's something that, I've been on the task force for eight to nine years and in the last three or four years, this is the most heroin we have seized."
Meth is still the number one drug problem in Rapid City, but heroin is growing at a faster rate than meth.
One of the reason’s we are seeing this increase is because of the state implementing the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. About six years ago, doctors has to start logging the opiate prescriptions they were writing out to patients.
Another reason for the increase is legalization of marijuana. According to the officer, it's caused drug cartels to switch to heroin.
"The main concern with heroin is its more deadly than anything else. .1 mg of heroin can kill you depending on who you are. I mean that the end of a pen tip essentially," explains the undercover officer.
Since the recent rise of heroin he’s also seen a rise of overdoses.
"I've worked more overdose deaths in this office, in the drug office, in the last three years than I have in my previous 19 years I've been back here, states the undercover officer.
The undercover officer says they are also seeing more fentanyl in KOTA Territory. The drug, which costs about the same as heroin, is 40 to 50 times more potent.