Police: Heroin seized in Tulsa this year doubles from 2016

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Police Special Investigations Division has seized twice as much heroin this year than last.

Undercover officers said they've seen a lot of users telling the same story. They usually start out with an injury for which they've been prescribed painkillers, then get hooked and often turn to heroin.

Many of the users officers interact with started out as law-abiding citizens, according to police. They don't often stand out in a crowd.

Officials said heroin in Tulsa comes from drug cartels. Dealers saw an opportunity as the prescription drug epidemic grew and flooded the market with easy-to-access heroin, officials said.

Prescription pills and heroin account for nearly all drug overdoses in Oklahoma.

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