Law enforcement addresses heroin in the Heartland

Meth seized by Heartland law enforcement.

Across our nation, heroin addiction is becoming more and more prevalent. Law enforcement officials in Southeast Iowa say theyâ??re thankful it's not much of a problem here.

Recently, the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force has had a few cases where they've been able to go out and proactively make controlled purchases of heroin. They found the price is comparable to methamphetamine. Investigators say heroin does cost a bit more because its main point of distribution is out of Chicago. Lt. Jason Bell says it hasn't been a huge threat to the area.

"You know, I don't know why it's not, a lot of the people who we've found that are heroin abusers start out being a prescription drug abuser, and when the availability of that prescription drug goes away, often times they migrate towards using heroin," he said.

Bell says in the last grant year, there was a record amount of meth seizures across the entire state of Iowa. Up next is a national town hall regarding heroin abuse is set to take place Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Washington D.C.