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DULUTH - Shocking statistics from Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsey followed by personal stories from those feeling the effects of heroin filled the Duluth City Council chambers Monday night.
“My granddaughter doesn't have a mother, uncle, or sister because they're all out chasing the high,” said Duluth resident Sheila Armstrong.
Since 2007, Duluth police have found heroin use has skyrocketed in the Twin Ports.
“Heroin has literally destroyed my son's life,” cried Jodi Blegen. “We can't trust him, no one believes him, or want's him around.”
In 2011, prescription opiate drugs such as pain killers, drugs to control ADHD, and anti-anxiety drugs were the trend.
In a two year span, heroin has taken over the city becoming the drug of choice.
The most common strand is brown heroin accounting for 95 percent of heroin confiscated.
Chief Ramsey says it’s being imported from Mexico and transported from Chicago to Duluth.
“Fortunately Duluth is small enough where it doesn't take us long to know who's dealing and who's not,” Ramsey said.
According to Ramsey, in the past year, Duluth police have arrested 1,740 people for drug related crimes.
Forty-two percent of those arrested have a history of property crime such as robbery, burglary, or vehicle prowls.
Ramsey also says more than 90 percent of Duluth’s street robberies are drug related.
For profit methadone clinics have been popping up in bigger cities across the United States, but ddicts can become just as addicted to methadone as they are to heroin.
Because they are for profit, officials say their goal isn't to help people with their addiction, it's to make money.
Chief Ramsey said he is for a non–profit methadone clinic coming into the city as long as it helps Duluth get off heroin.