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Oct 13, 2013 5:47 PM by katc

Heroin widespread in southeast Louisiana

Law enforcement officials in southeast Louisiana report dramatic increases in heroin-related deaths.

The Advocate reports that the trend apparently has not reached north or southwest Louisiana.

But authorities say the highly addictive drug is widespread in southeast Louisiana. And, though it's often thought of as urban, it's being used in smaller cities, suburbs and rural areas.

Jefferson Parish reports a heroin death a week this year. In East Baton Rouge Parish, the year's total so far is triple that for all of last year.

Col. Mike Edmonson, head of Louisiana State Police, says one indication of the increase is crime lab work on suspected heroin. Col. Mike Edmonson says the lab has tested 237 samples this year, up from 78 in 2011.

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