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Heroin use in America rising
Two high profile Hollywood deaths are shedding light on the growing heroin problem in the Country.
You probably remember "Glee" star Cory Monteith died last July of a heroin overdose.
And then on Sunday, Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead inside his apartment of an apparent heroin overdose.
The resurgence of the drug is showing up around America.
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office says they've seen a rise in heroin use in the last year.
You may recognize Rodney Jones as a community leader.
We've interviewed him several times about his efforts to help clean up the streets in Escambia County.
What you may not know about him is he's a former criminal and former heroin addict.
"It put me in a state of being where I wasn't concerned about anything.... that's what made me keep using"
Jones started using heroin in the 1980s.
It was his drug of choice, an urge he could not get rid of. It eventually pushed him to other drugs like cocaine and led him to a life of crime.
"I was vicious and violent. I got all kinds of criminal charges... And I knew it was because of these drugs"
Jones realized his life was going nowhere, got help and got sober. He now spends time trying to help other addicts.
Dr. Irvin Williams with the Lakeview Center at Baptist says heroin is starting to emerge again because of the crackdown on prescription painkillers, which are harder to get illegally.
Heroin is cheaper and has the same effects as pain meds.
"Sometimes after people have been using opiates... They want the bigger euphoric rush. They want the injecting of heroin"
The dangers of heroin lie in how it's processed. You never really know how strong it is or if it's mixed with other drugs.
The chances of an overdose are high and it's addictive.
"What really maintains people continuing to use is if you stop using you get sick.... to continue the high feeling"
The Drug Enforcement Agency says more than 600-thousand Americans used heroin in 2012.
That's nearly double the number from five years ago.
Heroin overdoes have increased 45 percent from 2006 to 2010.