Editorial: Battling cycle of drugs needs community effort

In just more than a month, four heroin-related deaths have been reported in the Columbus area. But don’t think that Johnson County is exempt from this growing menace.

Local police say heroin is becoming an increasing problem due to its low price compared to other similar drugs and wider availability. Sheriff’s deputies working undercover have purchased heroin seven times so far this year, compared with three times in all of 2012.

Arrests and people charged with dealing cocaine or narcotics also have exceeded 2012 totals, and officers have arrested more people for illegally carrying syringes used to shoot drugs, such as heroin or bath salts.

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