Police expect drug prices to spike after FBI bust

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) While the drug supply took a major hit this week, the demand is still strong.

“This is going to put a huge dent in the drug supply in Allen County for quite some time,” Captain Kevin Hunter with the Fort Wayne Police Department said.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars of drugs are off the streets. Now, police said they’re expecting to see new trends over the next couple of months.

“I would guess that drug prices in the Fort Wayne, Allen County area and actually northeast Indiana would probably go up in the near future,” Hunter said. “Probably for the next few months until somebody else comes in and takes care of that.”

They’re also expecting to see new trends of what types of drugs flow into northeast Indiana.

“Instead of heroin we’ll probably see more synthetic fentanyl type drugs come through,” Hunter said. “That would be my guess is that we would see that kind of trend. We’ve not seen it yet but it would not surprise me.”

While the supply is taking a hit, the demand is still there. Police said they expect people to go where the drugs are. Drug and Alcohol Consortium of Allen County executive director Jerri Lerch said many might even switch to more expensive highs.

“Given that so many do start out with a prescription drug abuse of some form. Perhaps some may decide, at least temporarily, it’s worth the extra expense and effort to go back to some form of prescription drug,” Lerch said.

However, Lerch is hopeful this drug bust might spark another reaction in people addicted to the product.

“I’m hopeful that people might think about detoxing totally from heroin. The actual process of detoxing from heroin in and of itself is actually fairly short term, three or four day period of time,” Lerch said.

If you or a loved one are looking for treatment options you can call 211 for more information about options or call the Drug and Alcohol Consortium at 260-423-1733. The DAC does not provide treatment, but does refer patients to the best program for them.

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