Tuggle is talking about drugs like Vicodin or Oxycontin. milligram on the street -- a 10 mg pill would go for $10, but a bag of heroin could cost.
Between March 2013 and June 2014, there were about 9,000 administers of the drug Narcan in the area. Narcan is a drug used when people overdose on heroin.
HE IS TALKING ABOUT DRUGS LIKE VICODIN OR OXYCONTIN. THE U.S. THE HEROIN COMES DIRECTLY FROM SOUTH AMERICA TO MEXICO, TO THE U.S. THIS IS ALSO LING -- ZARCA N IS A DRUG USE WHEN PEOPLE OD ON HEROIN. SAYS 15 YEARS AGO, A KILO HERRIN ON THE STREETS OF BALTIMORE WOULD'VE SOLD FOR $150,000. HE SAYS WHEN ACCESS TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO RISE UP, A DOCTOR CUTS SOMEWHAT OFF AND PEOPLE WHO ARE ADDICTED TURNED TO HEROIN. PEOPLE PAY FOR IT BY THE MILLIGRAM ON THE STREET, A 10 MILLIGRAM PILL WOULD GO FOR $10 BUT A BAG OF HEROIN COULD COST 10-20 DOLLARS AND LAST LONGER. WHEN I WOULD TRY TO GET CLEAN AND I WOULD TRY TO GO BACK AND DO MAYBE SOME BIKE A DINNER SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND IMMEDIAY, I WOULD FEED THE BEAST IN THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, I WAS BACK DOING HEROINE. LISA ROBINSON JOINS US IN THE STUDIO WITH MORE. IT IS BASED PRIMARILY ON MISUSE AND ABUSE OF PRESCRIPTION OPIATES. YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO GO ON THE STREET AND BUY OXYCONTIN. THE NATURAL NEXT DAY IF YOU CANNOT COME OFF OF THEM IS TO GO TO HEROIN. GUIDE ON THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC CONTINUES TO GROW AND INVESTIGATORS SAY THE DRUG IS NOW CHEAPER AND MORE PURE. TODAY, THAT SAME AMOUNT COSTS ABOUT $65,000. HE SHARES HIS STORY WITH PASSION. IN THIS COUNTRY, WE HAVE AN EPIDEMIC OF OPIATE ADDICTION. THE INNOCENTLY GET ADDICTED TO THE OPIATES. TIM WEBER IS A RECOVERING DRUG ADDICT AND RUNS THREE RECOVERING HOUSES. THE DEA SAYS THAT'S THE DRIVING FORCE AN INCREASE OF HEROIN USE. REPRESENTS LESS THAN FIVE PERCENT OF THE WORLD POPULATION YET WE CONSUME ABOUT 85% OF ALL PRESCRIPTION OPIATES IN THE WORLD. THIS IS THE ASSISTANT SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE FOR THE DEA'S BALTIMORE DISTRICT OFFICE. WE ARE SEEING HEROIN PRICE AN ALL-TIME LOW IMPURITY LEVELS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH. IT HAS APPEARED TO LEVELS OF UP TO 80%. THERE WAS 9000 AT MINISTRY AND'S OF THAT DRUG STATEWIDE. AN OPIATE ADDICTION IS FUELING THE POPULARITY. I SEE THAT A LOT WITH PEOPLE WHO COME IN THE HOUSE. THE DEA PLANS TO VISIT COLOMBIA. OFFICIALS SAY IS DRIVEN BY ANOTHER ADDICTION THAT IS RAISING CONCERNS. IN SOME INSTANCES, IT STARTS WITH A SURGERY LIKE A BACK INJURY OR OTHER TRAUMA WITH A STRONG PAIN PILL PRESCRIBED AND SOMETHING LIKE OXYCONTIN A PERSON IS HOOKED.
Now, that same amount costs about $65,000, and it has purity levels of up to 80 percent. Gary Tuggle, the assistant special agent in charge for the DEA's Baltimore district office, said a kilo of heroin on the streets of Baltimore would have sold for about $150,000 about 15 years ago.
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"I see that a lot with the people who are in my sober houses. They innocently get addicted to the opiates, and the natural next thing if they don't come off them is heroin," Weber said.
"In this country, we have an epidemic of opiate addiction. We represent 5 percent of the world's population and about 85 percent of all prescription opiates in the world," Tuggle said. It's based primarily on the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.
The DEA said it plans to visit Colombia in a few weeks for a fact-finding mission.
Tuggle is talking about drugs like Vicodin or Oxycontin. People pay for it by the milligram on the street -- a 10 mg pill would go for $10, but a bag of heroin could cost $10 or $20 and last longer.
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"What we are seeing across the country is heroin prices are at an all-time low and purity levels are at an all-time high," Tuggle said.
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The Drug Enforcement Agency said that's a driving force in the increase of heroin use. A strong pain pill is prescribed, an opiate like Oxycontin, and the next thing you know, a person is hooked. In some instances, it starts with a surgery, back injury or some other trauma.
Weber shares his story with passion, saying when access to prescription drugs dries up or a doctor cuts someone off, people who are addicted turn to heroin.
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The heroin epidemic continues to grow, and investigators say it is now a supply-and-demand issue.
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Tim Weber, a recovering drug addict, runs three recovery houses in Carroll County called Weber Sober Homes.
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"When I would try to get clean, I would try Vicodin to instantly feed the beast again, and the next thing I knew, I was back on the drug heroin because you can't go on the street and buy it for the way that it has sold on the street," Weber said.
The heroin comes directly from South America through Mexico into the United States, and opiate addiction is fueling its popularity.
Officials told the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team that there is so much heroin hitting the streets that it's getting easier and cheaper to find.