With the increase of heroin abuse in the area, health officials said they have seen a staggering influx of patients in the emergency room with complications — and in some cases overdoses .
“There is definitely an increase,” said Stacie Bush, owner and drug and alcohol counselor with the R.E.A.C.H. program in Nelson County. “It’s definitely an epidemic.”
Officials have also become aware of the lengths people go to hide their heroin addiction, such as injecting the drug between their toes, and more people are carrying syringes.