Ocean City Sees Spike In Heroin Arrests | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Ocean City Sees Spike In Heroin Arrests

Play associated audio
An increase in the use of heroin has been tied to a crackdown on prescription opiates.
Eric Molina: http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamagenious/2319220304/
An increase in the use of heroin has been tied to a crackdown on prescription opiates.

Police in Ocean City, Md., say 23 people there have been indicted on drug charges as the beach resort deals with a spike in use of heroin.

Authorities say these latest indictments follow a six-week undercover investigation, in which officers made about 72 drug buys. Police say 17 of those indicted are in custody, and they're still looking for six others.

A police spokesman says Ocean City has seen heroin cases jump nearly 550 percent in 2012, compared with last year. And he says investigators think the increase is linked to an ongoing crackdown on prescription drug abuse. That's prompting some prescription drug addicts to turn to illegal opiates instead and heroin reportedly is the cheapest and easiest to get on the street.

NPR

No Small Feat: The NBA's Shortest Player Never Gave Up

At 5 foot 3, Muggsy Bogues holds the record as shortest player in NBA history. Criticism of his height started on the basketball courts of the Baltimore projects, and continued well into his career.
NPR

Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.
NPR

Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress

State Rep. Mike Bost's rants on the Illinois House floor are the stuff viral dreams are made of. Bost says he has good reason to be upset, and wants voters to share his anger.
NPR

Israel's Solar-Powered 'Trees': For Smartphones And Community

The man-made trees are designed to create a public space where people can gather and re-charge a battery — their own and their smartphone's.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.