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Opinion

February 6, 2014

In Our Opinion: Lure of heroin ruins local lives

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There is a steady pipeline from New York City and other parts of the state of people selling this poison in our area. That’s because there is a ready market here of people who crave the drug.

When local police take some drug purveyors off the streets — as they did with the arrests of six alleged dealers in two separate incidents a week ago —more spring up to take their place.

Some wonderful work is being done locally in areas of prevention, enforcement and treatment. But it’s obvious — felony drug arrests in Delaware County increased by 223 percent in 2013 — that the dealers are winning.

Heroin addiction is a sickness. Educating potential victims about their impending agony will be the key to turning the tide.

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