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Minot area law enforcement dealing with surge in heroin use

MINOT, N.D. — Law enforcement in the Minot area is dealing with a dramatic increase in heroin traffic.

The amount of the illegal drug seized in the past year has increased nearly 400 percent. Ward County Sheriff Steve Kukowski tells the Minot Daily News that heroin has become a drug of choice, and is widely available.

Minot has seen a big increase in population in recent years due the western North Dakota oil boom. Kukowski says people from outside of the area are bringing their culture with them, including narcotics.

A company that operates heroin addiction treatment clinics in other states wants to open a clinic in Minot. Community Medical Services CEO Nick Stavros says the initial site that was chosen didn’t work out, so a new one is being sought.

In related news, Work set to begin in November on jail expansion in Minot.

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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