Column: Increase in heroin use among Hoosier youth troubling trend

An old drug is making a new comeback, and the home medicine cabinet often is the gateway.

Heroin, a pop culture star in the 1970s, is back for an encore. According to the Indiana Prevention Resource Center, 2.1 percent of Hoosier high school seniors have used heroin, 50 percent higher than the national average.

While the percentage of heroin use seems small, the recent increase is not. Pat Harrington, who serves as the Tippecanoe County prosecutor, said heroin cases have risen by 600 percent in the last five years, and the trend is affecting law enforcement.

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