Jul 14, 2015 10:27 AM
Police say methamphetamine is on the rise in Concord
The Associated Press
CONCORD (AP) — Concord authorities say the city is experiencing an alarming spike in methamphetamine use.
Sgt. Marc McGonagle, with the police's drug unit, told the Concord Monitor that since January, undercover police have made at least 19 separate purchases of the narcotic.
He said the unit only made one undercover meth buy between 2003 and 2007.
McGonagle said most of the meth buys have involved people in their 30s and older.
He said that the drug is probably coming from local sources— people who are cooking it using over-the-counter ingredients.
Concord police Chief Brad Osgood last week described the meth spike as an emerging threat.
However, officials said heroin still remains the primary concern.
Police say they have recorded 42 opiate-related overdoses through June, including four that resulted in death.