Posted By: Bill Schammert
For the first time in about a dozen years, Lincoln police are seeing a rise in heroin overdoses.
Police say they've seen three heroin overdoses in the last three weeks, and another male charged with possession.
A 34-year-old woman was brought into the hospital last Thursday, then died two days later because of a suspected overdose.
Police say users are overdosing on both powder and tar versions of the drug.
"Similar to a trend we saw in recent years involving prescription drug use, people are using heroin and at times combining it with other drugs," Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said. "Heroin is being consumed in the same quantity, but it has a much bigger effect on the body."
Police say they saw a similar situation in the capital city in the early 2000's, but after several indictments, the drug disappeared.
Police are currently looking into whether these new cases are connected.
The victims are both male and female, and all are between the ages of 24 and 34 years old.
"Some people are just looking for a different high," Flood said. "In the past they've used prescription drugs or other illegal drugs, now they're looking for something else and heroin is obtainable."