Heroin in disguise: The new threat hitting the streets

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WAVE 3 NEWs on 01/26/2016 by Natalia Martinez

CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – A new trend is leading down a dangerous path. People think they are buying prescription pills to get high, but they are given something even more addictive.

“We’ll be seeing this pretty soon and again it’s the demand,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Monday.

While they may look exactly like Oxycontin, Percocet or other addictive prescriptions, these new pills are heroin in disguise. If you were to take a close look at some of these pills, it would be difficult to know they’re fakes.

“They are essentially chemically made,” Zoeller said. “It’s a lot easier to manufacture.”

The heroin pills have already popped up in other states like Florida, Massachusetts and Ohio. Cases have been reported in Cincinnati and in Newport, Kentucky.

Authorities in Jefferson County and southern Indiana said they haven’t seen it here yet, but the area is not immune. They already have their guard up.

“It’s easier to hide as a pill form,” Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel said. “But the thing of it is, it’s no different than injecting it.”