Local drug investigators say it's harder to get prescriptions legitimately these days because more people are abusing them. The Butte County Interagency Narcotics Task Force says this is the worst the local opiate drug problem has been in years.
Local narcotics experts say opiate prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Butte County. Doctors however are becoming more aware of the problem, and have started to make it more difficult for people to get these drugs without a prescription.
Hydrocodene, Morphine and Oxycotin all fall into this category. Officials say even young kids are getting hooked without realizing the dangers.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about one in nine kids between 12 and 17 in the U.S. can easily get their hands on heroin.
Prescription pills can be extremely costly. Some people will pay 30 dollars a pill. The effects of heroin can also be very deadly. A problem that has local drug and health experts on alert.