Oct 8, 2015 5:18 PM

DEA: Heroin can be found for as cheap as $2 across NH


MANCHESTER - As the heroin/opioid crisis grows, regional, state and local law enforcement agencies say they're struggling to keep up with the spike in crime and the alarming number of overdoses.

But, they say, it's not slowing their efforts in New Hampshire and beyond.

In an interview with radio host Jack Heath, Manchester's police chief, a state police lieutenant, and a member of the DEA discussed how they're working together.

"We're pushing the borders back," said Assistant Special Agent Jon DeLena with the DEA. "We know they're going down into Lawrence, into Lowell, into Haverhill, so we're starting to attack them there. We're not going to play defense at the Manchester city line."

Manchester saw it's busiest month yet, according to Police Chief Nick Willard.

In September, there were 102 overdoses, and 10 of those were fatal.

Treatment availability remains a hot topic, and Willard said in one recent case, he had a father call him desperate for help.

Willard said it took him days to get them connected with a facility.

The drug crisis began skyrocketing during the prescription drug abuse trend, DeLena said.

From there, he said, drug cartels saw New Hampshire as a target.

"People are addicted to opioids," DeLena said. "Because of that the cartels saw an opportunity and really started pumping heroin back into our communities."

Now, it can be bought on the streets for as cheap as $2, he said.

Willard and DeLena said law enforcement agencies are coordinating now more than ever.


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