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Heroin Epidemic: Smack’s Gone Mobile

Megan Lynch
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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - As KMOX News has told you, St. Louis County officials are expecting twice the deaths from heroin overdose this year.  It may partly be because heroin’s gone mobile.

Street deals are still all too common in the region’s growing heroin crisis, yet St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says addicts are finding a new, and easier, way of scoring.

Fitch says all they have to do is send a text message from their phone to their dealers.  “It’s not just neighborhoods where you go up to a street corner, like the crack cocaine epidemic was.  You knew which street corner to go up to.  Heroin is more mobile.  They’ll bring it to you.”

Fitch tells KMOX officers recently had a bust on the parking lot of a West County Shopping Center.

He says the prime spots for heroin deals are still North St. Louis City and North County.

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