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Opioids Making an Impact on Illegal Street Drugs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Interstate 30 is a stretch of road monitored for drug trafficking.

"Drug prices fluctuate on supply and demand," says Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane.

In most cases, prescription pills or opioids, don't need an interstate to be sold.

"What we're seeing with heroin are what we thought would be lower prices are usually now matching the prescription pill price," says Lane.

Prescription pills have changed some of the ways dealers sell.

Mexican Marijuana: $110 an ounce, cost has not gone up.

Mexican Ice Meth: $375-$500 an ounce, ten years ago it was more than $1,000.

Black Tar Heroin was really non-existent in Arkansas 20 years ago, today it costs about $1,000 an ounce.

Prescription pills: One milligram costs one dollar

"Over 215 million opioids were dispensed in 2016 in Arkansas," says Lane.

401 Arkansans died from a drug overdose in 2016, from all walks of life and all kinds of neighborhoods.

Lane says 2017 and 2018 could be a different story.

"I think the number will be much higher," he says.

Lane says methamphetamines are the number one drug threat and the most popular drug of choice other than marijuana and alcohol, but Lane says that's changing fast.

The interstate will be watched for trafficking but opioids have not hit a dead end yet.

"Quickly becoming our number one most deadly drug in the state," says Lane.


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