DINT: County heroin problem stems from pills

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Heroin use is on the rise in Douglas County, and a lieutenant with the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) says the most people found with it are young adults.

Lt. Pat Moore says experts in the field estimate as many as 75% of current heroin addicts started out with a dependency to some kind of painkiller. "Our twenty-somethings who are in an addiction cycle, for an overwhelmingly vast majority of them, their drug of choice is heroin, and they started with pain pills," Moore said.

Moore adds that when you look at heroin addiction and overdose rates compared to a relatively low county population, Douglas County is a little higher than neighboring counties per capita.

Moore also says an opiate task force was formed in Douglas County, attacking the issue of medication first and deciding what to do about heroin as well.