The wholesale purity of Mexican heroin was 40 percent in 2008, the highest average purity for Mexican heroin analyzed under the HSP since 2005 (47%). Additionally, Mexican heroin represented 39 percent (by weight) of all heroin analyzed through the HSP, the highest percentage since 1987 (42%). The wholesale purity of South American heroin stabilized at 57 percent in 2008 after significantly decreasing from 2000 to 2006. However, South American heroin representation under the HSP decreased markedly to 58 percent (by weight) in 2008 from a high of 88 percent in 2003.Locally, the Post-Dispatch published a report in January about the spike in heroin deaths. They found that more than 100 people overdosed in St. Louis City and County, mostly as a result of "[users] switching from abuse of prescription drugs, either because their supply has been cut off or because heroin is cheaper."
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