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Why Heroin is so Big, and Where it's Coming From

Police say we're getting hit with heroin from all sides. And officers say Altoona is at the center of the heroin problem.
ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - Police say we're getting hit with heroin from all sides. And officers say Altoona is at the center of the heroin problem.

In the Spring eight out of ten police drug buys were prescription pills, now it's flipped to heroin.

And Judi Rosser at Blair County Drug and Alcohol has some answers on why. She says heroin is cheaper than prescription drugs right now and that’s drawing customers away from other opiates.

Special Agent James Walstrom with the Attorney Generals office looks at the drug problem across the state. He says the heroin is coming in from Pittsburgh, New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore so it is flooding Central Pennsylvania from all sides.

And now some of the heroin in Pittsburgh is laced with Fentanyl, a powerful pain killer. And officials here are worried about that deadly mix coming into our area.
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