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Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT

4/5/2014 7:15 PM
By Associated Press

Heroin-related deaths rising in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some states, including Minnesota, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what's happening in Minnesota:

THE PROBLEM:

Minnesota has seen an alarming rise in heroin-related deaths in recent years and a tenfold increase in the number of people seeking treatment for heroin addiction.

Jack Riley, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's special agent in charge of the Chicago office, which oversees Minnesota, likened heroin to "a weapon of mass destruction on a family, on a community, on society."

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