BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – As officials take control of one drug problem, another drug is on the rise. WECT.com has learned there has been a recent increase in heroin use and distribution in Brunswick County.
Last year, Brunswick County lead the state in prescription pill arrests. But now that it's more difficult to find pills, Sheriff John Ingram says the demand for heroin is going up quickly.
According to Ingram, the northern end of Brunswick County is having the most problems because of its close proximity to Wilmington. He says that area sees the most drug trafficking. Ingram says that users are mixing bags to strengthen the heroin. Officials say that more people are overdosing because the drug is purer than it was in the past.
Ingram says he wants to get control of the heroin problem before it gets any worse.
"We're going to aggressively pursue those people who engage in this activity," said Ingram. "They're preying on our society. They're preying on people's weaknesses and all they care about is a dollar. We're going after them."
Sheriff Ingram wants the community's help. If you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call 911 or text a tip to the sheriff's office.
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