HIGH POINT, NC -- Heroin and Opiod addiction in High Point is no longer just a problem, the federal government is calling it an epidemic.
This is after 145 overdoses and six deaths so far this year in the city.
Officals called the numbers alarming and President Obama named this week Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.
"I've been a medical care provider for 31 years and I've been a paramedic in this system for almost 28 years and we're seeing things at an unprecedented level," Jim Albright of Guilford County EMS said.
He said this unprecedented level is due to a change in the drug community. Heroin was once the tradition bent spoon and lighter type, he said. Now synthetic narcotics are being used and, according to Albright, they're more dangerous.
Rob Lang from the US Attorney's Office said we need to attack the epidemic in our homes by ridding medicine cabinets of prescription pain killers. He said this will keep them out of the hands of dealers and addicts.
The group also discussed the high number of public overdoses in High Point this year. EMS said 45% of the overdose calls they've responded to have been in a public place.
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