Abuse of the street drug heroin is a growing concern for state health officials. The Minnesota Department of Human Services reports that treatment for heroin addiction has been on the rise for the last decade.
The town of Northfield drew a lot of attention a few years ago when the former police chief said that hundreds of young people in that community were using heroin.
The Northfield News is revisiting the issue with a series of stories. One of the people featured in that coverage is Dr. Charlie Reznikoff. He works at Northfield Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center as an addiction specialist.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. Reznikoff about what's causing the drug to show up in Northfield and across the state.