Heroin a growing problem in Lafayette?

Law enforcement, along with local emergency rooms, said they have seen an increase in heroin use in Tippecanoe County. (WLFI File Photo)
Law enforcement, along with local emergency rooms, said they have seen an increase in heroin use in Tippecanoe County. (WLFI File Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Heroin is becoming a growing problem in Lafayette, according to law enforcement. But police said looking at the number of drug arrests, may not do the problem justice.

Instead, News 18 decided to check in with a local emergency room. Doctors said heroin overdoses are becoming more and more common.

Dr. Michael Tricocci with IU Health Arnett said doctors see between one and four heroin overdoses a week. He said symptoms usually always look the same.

“It’s a classic presentation, typically,” explained Tricocci. “The patient comes in completely blue in the face, barely breathing, and it’s pretty significant.”

Tricocci said overdoses often happen because many don’t know the exact dosage they’re getting when they buy the drug.

Prescription drug overdoses are also common in Lafayette, Tricocci added.

Coming up on News 18 at Five and Six, Elisabeth Rentschler will have more from Dr. Tricocci on drug overdoses in Tippecanoe County.

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