09/17/2012 10:20 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2012

Economy Drives Spike In Heroin Use In Metro Detroit

Detroit -- The tough economy is influencing Metro Detroiters' illegal drug choices, experts say, with prescription drug abusers turning to a cheaper -- but more dangerous -- alternative: heroin.

During economic downturns, drug users go bargain-hunting like other consumers, said Lt. Darcy Leutzinger, head of Warren's Special Investigation Division, which handles narcotics.

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