While meth is still the number one illicit drug in Rapid City, police officers have been seizing more heroin in the past two to three years, reports KOTA News. Legalization of marijuana has caused drug cartels to move heroin instead. Additionally, physicians began logging opiate prescriptions through the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, causing individuals addicted to prescription painkillers to seek other sources.
There has also been an increase in fentanyl in Rapid City. While the drug has nearly the same cost as heroin, it is 40-50 times stronger and can be transported more easily due to its smaller size.
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