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When Bloomberg Business named the Cincinnati/NKY area the "heroin capital of America," not many seemed surprised.
May 16, 2017
'Heroin Capital of America' includes Northern Kentucky
Covington KY: When
named the Cincinnati/NKY area the "heroin capital of America," not many seemed surprised.
The losing battle makes the news nearly everyday. One of four persons living in the region admits to knowing someone addicted.
"Everybody and their mom sells drugs these days. There's always somebody right there to pick back up," says Detective Brandon Connley.
Cincinnati has emerged as a center of the crisis, notes Bloomberg, and it's only getting worse.
Cartels have begun experimenting with even more powerful synthetics. Among them are the elephant tranquilizer carfentanil, dubbed "rhino" on the street, and another powerful synthetic sometimes flown in from Hong Kong known as "pink." Merely touching either can cause someone without an opioid tolerance to overdose as it leaches through the skin.
Carfentanil surfaced last summer, and police believe Cincinnatiís dealers were among the first to sell it. Cincinnatiís District 3 police began to find pink earlier this year, according to Beavers. The rise of various synthetics has increased the death toll.
Source: Bloomberg Media
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