Brown County authorities say heroin use is on the rise, while marijuana and cocaine abuse has declined.
Press-Gazette Media reported authorities attribute the popularity of heroin to the higher prices dealers charge. Because they can make more money, they're apparently more aggressive about pushing their product.
The Brown County Drug Task Force says heroin addicts across the U.S. spend $150 to $200 on their habit. In Brown County, users can spend $300 or more.
Authorities are now seeing more heroin traffic. Five years ago drug agents seized 3 grams of the drug. Last year it was 55 grams. Already this year they've seized 149 grams.
Task Force spokesman David Poteat says agents will target users, not just dealers, in hopes of drying up the market.