COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A new trend is hitting the streets in U.S. cities, as a new form of heroin is showing up across the country.
People are buying what look like prescription pills to get high, but they are given something even more addictive.
The new form of heroin is a blue pill that looks just like prescription pain killers. Heroin in the form of a pill is becoming a new big concern for law enforcement across the country.
Drug busts have led to the discovery of the "heroin pill" in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida, and Kentucky.
Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan is just now learning about the heroin pill.
"I first became knowledgeable of it seeing it on the TV news a couple days ago," Bryan said. "We're basically in a learning state, always. The criminals, pushers, providers are always trying a new way to get the drug in the market."
In the past three years, the number of Heroin overdoses in Muscogee County has been on the rise.
In 2013, there were four deaths from heroin overdoses. That number jumped 50 percent to six in 2014, and in 2015 there were seven deaths from the drug.
According to Bryan, none of these overdoses have been from the new heroin pill. So far in 2016, there has been one heroin death in Muscogee County.