SPRINGFIELD, Mo - When it comes to one particular illegal drug, what's old is becoming new again.
“In the 70s it was a big drug. In the 80s it wasn't so big. But it's making a comeback,” said Officer David Snider of the Springfield Police Department.
Heroin is creating renewed concerns. Police say they are seeing more use of the drug, along with heroin-related crimes.
One example, police say, happened last week in west Springfield. Jarrod Sirois was charged with murdering his roommate, Robert Pugh, at a home on W. Latoka St. Sirois claims he beat Pugh in order to steal his heroin.
“I think people out there hear about it, want to get it, want to try it. And once they see it and get and try it they pass it on.
The reason for heroin’s resurgence? Police say today’s heroin is easier to injest, and it delivers more of a high. The drug is also cheaper than it used to be.