Drug agents in York County told Eyewitness News about a new trend among those addicted to prescription pills.
Lt. Mike Ligon of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Unit said more pill poppers are taking their addictions to a new level by cooking up the drugs and shooting them into their bodies. He said others are turning to even stronger drugs.
"They're switching from that to heroin, and when they switch to that we're seeing a lot of heroin overdoses here in York County," Ligon said.
This week, the American Medical Association reported that drug overdose deaths nationwide rose for the 11th straight year, most of them involving addictive painkillers. York County's coroner said she's noticing the same thing.
Last year, there were 29 deaths from prescription pills in the county. There were 20 deaths in 2010.
It's a problem that even has pharmacists on high alert.
"We've probably had to call the police on a fake prescription I'd say once every other month," said Helen Moffat, a pharmacist with Cannon Pharmacy on South Boulevard in Charlotte.
Pharmacists in North Carolina and South Carolina are required to check IDs for drugs like Oxycontin, Vicodine and morphine.