According to the Rapid City Journal, Pennington County is seeing an increase in heroin and opioid use. Pennington County Sheriffs and Rapid City Police have seen an increase in the prevalence of these drugs that is consistent with the national trend. In recent months, two deaths caused by overdose occurred, yet going back at least 3 years there were not any on record. In 2016 more than 5 grams of heroin were seized, compared to less than one tenth of a gram in 2015.
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