“Prescription drugs are one of the things that get kids hooked” and lead them to begin abusing heroin, said Naperville police Detective Shaun Ferguson. “When they realize they can pay much less for heroin than for prescription drugs, they turn to heroin.”
Detective Shaun Ferguson — who works in his department’s Special Operations Group — concluded of all drug-related arrests made between 2009 and this year in Naperville, IL, approximately 34 percent involved heroin. That included 24 heroin-related arrests in 2009, 33 in 2010 and 28 so far this year. Prescription drug-related crimes are also on the rise from past years, Ferguson said, going from 13 such arrests in 2009 to 34 in 2010 and 18 to date this year.
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