Heroin Use Becoming Epidemic In Philly Area Suburbs - New York News

Heroin Use Becoming Epidemic In Philly Area Suburbs

Posted: Updated:
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri-Ferman and other officials say heroin use is becoming an epidemic on some suburbs. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri-Ferman and other officials say heroin use is becoming an epidemic on some suburbs.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. -

Experts call heroin a destructive and dangerous drug and now they say it has entered the suburbs, from Royersford, to Limerick and Norristown, even a couple from Lehigh County.

Police say heroin has become the suburban drug of choice. And along with it comes some devastating consequences.

"One shot could kill you," Montgomery County DA Risa Vetri Ferman told FOX 29. "We often say you're going to wind up either dead or in jail."

That played out just last week when police say Blake Bills and Shayna Sykes from Macungie went on a heroin fueled crime spree.

They allegedly stole two police cars and lead cops on three high speed chases in 48 hours.

Their arrest and the destruction they left behind made headlines for days.

"It's just unbelievable that two young people with apparently a very bad narcotics habit would go to those extremes," said Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk last week.

DA Ferman and others say heroin use is becoming an epidemic in the suburbs. It lead to 40 heroin deaths in Montgomery County alone last year and a wave of drug fueled crimes.

"We're seeing burglaries, criminal mischief. Theft. All sorts of things to get the money they need to fuel their habit," Ferman explained.

Ferman says it usually starts with teens getting hooked on prescription drugs. That can quickly escalate to heroin, because the drug is so cheap compared to prescription pills.

"We have to get to kids and their families before these addictions even start," she said

Next month the DA will install permanent prescription drug drop boxes at police stations across the county. She wants parents to turn in unused prescription pills to prevent their children from getting hooked on them.

"Don't leave unused medicine in your medicine cabinet, get rid of it," Ferman said.

  • Dave SchratwieserMore>>

  • Two Suspects Charged In Carjacking Crash That Killed Three Children

    Two Suspects Charged In Carjacking Crash That Killed Three Children

    From Left to Right: Cornelius Crawford, 22, and Jonathan Rosa,19.From Left to Right: Cornelius Crawford, 22, and Jonathan Rosa,19.
    Philadelphia Police say they charged two men in connection with the carjacking that killed three children and injured several others in the city’s Tioga section.
    Philadelphia Police say they charged two men in connection with the carjacking that killed three children and injured several others in the city’s Tioga section.


  • Police: Employee Allegedly Sold Crack At Main Line McDonald’s

    Police: Employee Allegedly Sold Crack At Main Line McDonald’s

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:29:07 GMT
    Officers arrested 29-year-old Allen Trammell, an employee at McDonald’s, for drug possession and selling drugs while at work.
    Officers arrested 29-year-old Allen Trammell, an employee at McDonald’s, for drug possession and selling drugs while at work.
  • Suspect Charged In Upper Merion Home Invasion

    Suspect Charged In Upper Merion Home Invasion

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:09:04 GMT
    Keith Darrin Morrison has been charged in connection with the home invasion, robbery (Upper Merion Police Department)Keith Darrin Morrison has been charged in connection with the home invasion, robbery (Upper Merion Police Department)

    A home invasion suspect in Montgomery County is accused of terrorizing two homeowners. Now more police departments want to know if he's connected to other cases.

    A home invasion suspect in Montgomery County is accused of terrorizing two homeowners. Now more police departments want to know if he's connected to other cases.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Man convicted of murder in fatal sauce pan beating

    Man convicted of murder in fatal sauce pan beating

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:48:41 GMT
    A man who claimed he was high on drugs and hearing voices when he fatally beat an elderly man with a sauce pan has been found guilty of felony murder.
    A New Jersey man who said he was high on drugs and hearing voices when he fatally beat an elderly man with a sauce pan has been convicted of murder.
  • Several new animals on display at NYC zoos

    Several new animals on display at NYC zoos

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:44:02 GMT
    WCS photoWCS photo
    The Wildlife Conservation Society's zoos in New York City have debut some interesting new animals in their habitats in recent weeks. The flagship Bronx Zoo is now home to a herd of endangered Turkmenian flare-horned markhor, a species of mountain goat native to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Some river otter pups are getting to know their home in Prospect Park, and the Queens Zoo has some new majestic American bison.
    The Wildlife Conservation Society's zoos in New York City have debut some interesting new animals in their habitats in recent weeks. The flagship Bronx Zoo is now home to a herd of endangered Turkmenian flare-horned markhor, a species of mountain goat native to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Some river otter pups are getting to know their home in Prospect Park, and the Queens Zoo has some new majestic American bison.
  • 2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:14:05 GMT
    One of the two deputy U.S. marshals shot in the West Village was released from the hospital on Tuesday. The marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with fugitive sexual assault suspect Charles Richard Mozdir, officials said. The shootout happened in a smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street. Mozdir was killed.
    One of the two deputy U.S. marshals shot in the West Village was released from the hospital on Tuesday. The marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with fugitive sexual assault suspect Charles Richard Mozdir, officials said. The shootout happened in a smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street. Mozdir was killed.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices