Investigative exclusive: Demand injects cheaper heroin into Kern Co.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — No longer a drug problem associated with the 1960s, heroin is quickly becoming a major problem for a new generation of users. More and more, young drug users are moving from gateway drugs like marijuana and pills to a more, cheaper, powerful alternative, like heroin.

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Big "H,"  "Black Tar" or "Smack" - whatever the name, the opium poppy-based drug is being produced in mass quantities in Mexico and smuggled across the border. With higher demand, the supply has increased and lowered the price of heroin by a fraction of the cost it was just a few years ago.

These are the stories of addicts, recovering addicts, parents and law enforcement officers in an exclusive five-part Eyewitness News series.

Part I (air date Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012)

Part II (air date Monday, Oct. 29)

Part III (air date Tuesday, Oct. 30)

Part IV (air date Wednesday, Oct. 31)

Part V (air date Thursday, Nov. 1)