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Addicts Struggle With Heroin As Officials Notice Trend

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
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Updated: 7/17/2013 10:47 pm
Officials in Madison and Fayette Counties call heroin a growing problem.

At The Hope Center, it shows.

"I would shoot up in my arms," said Jake Logan, a recovering addict, "I started with Percocets..."

Logan struggled with his vice, opiates, for years. Addiction landed him in jail, and a place of no return for most.

"I woke up with paddle burns on my chest from where they tried to resuscitate me," he recalled.

Doctors brought him back to life, but it's not the same kind of life--he's a volunteer at The Hope Center now.

He said of those there, 90 percent are addicted to opiates like heroin...and often try to hide it.

"We have a tendency to manipulate the ones who love us. So the longer we can keep that from them, we feel that the longer we can hit them up for money," said Logan.

In Madison County, sheriff's deputies worry it will get worse.

"We haven't seen a huge problem yet, but we know that the Lexington area's having a big problem. And usually, when they start having it, it starts bleeding into our counties," said Deputy Willard Reardon, Public Information Officer for the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Addicts blamed the crackdown on prescription drugs, saying heroin is easy to get...and get hooked.

For those struggling with addiction, The Hope Center offers help. You can visit its website for more information.
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