Oct 7, 2015 12:37 PM by News Staff
A rally was held in Redding Tuesday night, to bring awareness to the effects heroin use can have on a community.
Heroin use in Shasta County is a major problem, and police say that in the last five years the city has gone from having a meth problem to a heroin problem.
Shasta County has limited resources to help drug users combat addiction, and none of these resources include mental health services.
Studies show there is a relationship between mental health issues and drug addiction, and the National Institute for Drug Abuse ranks heroin second on a list of drugs that contribute to homelessness.
Tuesday’s rally, organized by the group Take Back Redding, was designed to pressure city officials into creating a plan that gets drug addicts the help they need.