Heroin Use On The Rise In Tennessee

Heroin Use On The Rise In Tennessee

CREATED Feb 5, 2014

by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

Nashville, Tenn. - An old drug is making an unwelcome comeback in Tennessee and destroying families in the process. Police say heroin cases are on the rise.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says in Davidson County alone the number of heroin cases went from 58 in 2010 to nearly 200 in 2012.

Mending Hearts is giving recovering addicts like Lisa Garrett another chance.

"I never grew up and said I wanted to be an addict," Garrett said.

Addiction has gripped her life for 25 years.

"Most of the people I know do it because it's cheap."

Garrett has lost friends and family, including her mother and sister to the addiction. She doesn't want to suffer the same fate. Mending Hearts is re-teaching her what it means to live.

"They love me when I couldn't love myself," Garrett said about the program. "And you know I'm still struggling but I know it's going to be ok because they got me. I know that."

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