Date:Jan. 17; March 16, 28; April 19, 23; June 20; Nov. 7, 20, 1999
The Orlando Sentinel reports "Heroin use in greater Orlando continues to climb far beyond experts' expectations. What once seemed dangerous experimentation by young people has evolved into a frightening level of addiction that continues to spread through the population. Law enforcement agencies have been slow to recognize the depth of the problem. Statistics have painted a less serious picture because state medical examiners' reporting procedures have virtually ignored many deaths in which heroin was a significant factor.... local investigators hadn't recognized that local addicts were shifting from snorting heroin to injecting it, a frightening sign of the growing addiction here..."