Law officers in northwest Alabama say they are seeing a surge of heroin abuse and crime related to the drug.
They say the resurgence of heroin in Alabama in recent years mirrors national patterns.
The Times-Daily reports that authorities in several northwest Alabama counties say they didn't see heroin in their areas before 2013. But in the past two years, they've made arrests for drug crimes related to its sale. In Lauderdale County, officials reported five overdose-related deaths this year.