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Local heroin use and the ER

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While there is not much data specific to heroin there is a lot more of it. Local law enforcement agencies are making more arrests for possession and use and seeing the drug's deadly consequences.

27-year old Stan Gaddy died in December from a heroin overdose in Charleston. His mother Lynette Gaddy told News 2 police are well aware of the problem.

"When my son passed away and we met with detectives they told both of us that the city was full of heroin."

Recently Dorchester County offered their jaw dropping heroin numbers in monthly crime reports. In 2010 it was uncommon and it didn't even make the list, in 2011a slight jump of 4g (grams) seized, then in 2012 another jump with 49g seized and so far for 2013 882g seized.

Dr. Keith Borg, Division Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at MUSC says he has seen users as young as 14-years arrive at the ER. If you need a barometer on the area's heroin problem head to the ER. Where those who dose a bad batch or shoot up too much are pulled from the brink of a drug induced coma.

"Our typical drugs abused in Charleston would alcohol and cocaine for years in particular crack but we are market rise in Heroin."

Dr. Borg says from judging from what he has witnesses heroine is no longer a drug for the dark back alley and has made its way out to the tree lined streets.

"It's not just inner city but in kids and we've seen it from more affluent neighborhoods and we've seen it in more patients. Certainly it's from different populations that you would not expect. It's young well to do families sometimes high school kids in places we hadn't seen that drug before.

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