Heroin deaths spiking in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — The apparent heroin overdose death of Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is a sad reminder of the drug's comeback across the country and in Florida.

Heroin is packaged and sold for as cheap as $10 in Orlando -- much cheaper than prescription pills.

Nationally, the Drug Enforcement Agency says the average age of first-time users has been dropping to around 21 or 22.

Former narcotics detective Russ Purmaul has seen the deadly effects of local young people trying heroin.

"There's a lot of peer pressure. Kids are bored. They're 18 or 19 and feel like I can try it and be OK. They won't be," said Purmaul.

In Florida, heroin deaths have spiked from just over 60 in 2011 to almost double that in 2012. Orlando is cited as a hot spot.


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