Is someone you know using heroin? Look for these red flags

- The national heroin epidemic is hitting close to home as communities around the D.C. area report an increase in use.

Police say it is affecting people of all ages in both affluent and poor neighborhoods.

Captain Paul Liquorie of the Montgomery County Police Department shared some clues to look for if you suspect a loved one is abusing heroin.

  • Behavioral, physical changes
  • Knotted baggies
  • Ex-Lax
  • Missing shoelaces, belts out of place
  • Soda cans that double as hiding places
  • Q-Tips with missing cotton
  • Missing silverware
  • Mirrors with powder residue
  • Unexplained gel caps
  • Suspicious texts
  • Syringes

Montgomery County police also want to highlight the new Good Samaritan law that allows people to report an overdose without fear of getting arrested.

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