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Overdoses indicate heroin use up in Saginaw

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in Saginaw worry heroin use is making a comeback as the number of overdose cases rise.

Police Sgt. Kevin Revard told The Saginaw News that five or six people are overdosing on heroin each year compared to "maybe one" per year in the early 2000s.

Workers at Saginaw Township's DOT Caring Centers estimate that eight out of every 10 patients there is addicted to some type of opiate, with half of those on heroin.

Revard says police have arrested people from as far away as Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan's Upper Peninsula buying heroin in Saginaw.

He says most heroin customers are in their late teens to early 20s. They buy the drugs in $20 bundles - lottery ticket-size pieces of folded paper.

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