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Heroin was developed by Bayer Pharmaceuticals as a "nonaddictive" alternative to morphine in the late 19th century. Both are derived from opium. Modern heroin addiction tracks its use from prescription opiate addiction. Drug traffickers are bringing the highly addictive substance into the Oil Patch. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Drug dealers follow the money; Law enforcement sees rise in heroin distribution, use in North Dakota

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DICKINSON, N.D. — The levels of violent crime, drug trafficking and prosecutions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office are up. Piggybacking on the state’s recent oil boom that has brought much economic prosperity to once mostly rural areas, organized crime has come to North Dakota.


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Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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