Heroin use not only harms the individual using the drugs, but also impacts family members, neighbors and the environment. Once someone has used heroin, they no longer see the world through the same eyes as they did prior using. Their only focus becomes getting and using more heroin in order to avoid going into withdrawal. They use to feel level or normal, but that feeling only lasts for a short period of time.

This causes addicts to constantly be on the search for more drugs and often times leads to the theft of lawnmowers, bikes and other easy to take items from neighbors and family members to fund their addiction. Heroin addicts stop caring about anything else and their only priority or concern becomes acquiring more heroin and it does not matter at what cost it is to others.

In Snohomish County, Washington, a special drug task force has been created to deal with the rising heroin addiction rate in their community. Over 100 houses and other properties have been taken over by heroin users and have become a major issue facing the residents and the environment. Their county is not alone in facing these issues. As heroin becomes cheaper and more potent, more and more communities will face the same fate. You can learn more about how heroin affects more than just those that use the drug by watching the report on King5.com.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction to heroin, please contact ARCA at 314-645-6840.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — Heroin is cheaper than a cup of coffee and its ravaging parts of Snohomish County, where the sheriff created a special drug task force to attack the ugly addiction.

Deputies are especially focused on the innocent victims of heroin: neighbors, family members and even the environment.

The task force patrols nearly 100 houses and other properties that heroin users have taken over.

There are used needles, garbage and human waste scattered throughout the lawns and backyards.

Deputies report an increase in small-time theft of bikes, toys, lawnmowers and power tools — anything that can be sold to buy a day’s worth of drugs. Since 2013, deputies report more than 100% increase in this kind of low-level theft.