Heroin use on the rise in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Heroin is cheaper and easier to get than prescription pills, and it’s the drug of choice for many young suburban users. The drug is on the rise in Alabama.

A recent study by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that while prescription painkillers are still highly abused, many users switch to heroin because it’s cheap, with one hit costing about $10.

However, there is some good news. While there are still plenty of pushers out there, drug enforcement agents are taking them off the streets. On Tuesday, a Birmingham man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for selling heroin that led to a Tuscaloosa man’s death.

On Wednesday, 48-year-old Kenneth Carter, of Calera, was arrested and charged with three counts of distribution.

He’s in the Shelby County Jail on $451,000 bond.

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