In the lead up to February’s New Hampshire presidential primaries, candidates Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina shared their stories of family members who struggled with heroin addiction and died of overdose.
The discussion brought to light stories of ruined lives, broken families and overdose deaths that are multiplying at alarming rates throughout the U.S. For many Americans who still think of heroin as an urban inner city drug, the discussion might have come as a surprise. However, Alabama law enforcement and drug addiction specialists confirm that the increasing use of heroin in the state is a major concern.
At a 2015 conference at Shades Crest Baptist Church, Bluff Park, Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector called heroin “an epidemic,” not just in the Birmingham area but also in the state and nation. A study released by Auburn Montgomery Outreach in 2015 noted that since the year 2000, the Interstate 20/59 corridor has become a primary route for drug trafficking and Birmingham’s central location along the route has made it a hub for dealers seeking to get their drugs into larger cities.