Four Pounds Of Heroin Seized In Lancaster Co.

Feb 11, 2014
Courtesy of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office

A tip from Charlotte police to Lancaster authorities led to the seizure of four pounds of heroin valued at half a million dollars.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division chief Mark Keel says the high price of opiate-based prescription painkillers like oxycotin is making heroin more popular.

"Unfortunately heroin is coming back. We're starting to see more heroin today. And a lot of that has to do with narcotic drugs or prescription drugs that people are getting taking place for those drugs because prescription drugs can be very expensive."

They are on store shelves, advertised on television, and in the medicine cabinets of more than 50 percent of Americans. Some make dubious health claims and are largely unregulated by the FDA - tens of thousands of herbal and dietary supplements - from everyday vitamins and herbs to body-building and weight loss pills. A new study indicates that some of these supplements are linked to liver disease, liver failure and even an increased risk of death. They are not approved for safety and effectiveness by the FDA, and in fact, are only removed from the market after there has been a death or other evidence of injury from a product. It's been called the 'Wild West' and some people want that to change. We'll talk about what these supplements are, their potential health consequences and what you need to know to properly evaluate them - with a lead researcher of the study and a representative from the FDA.

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra... those erectile dysfunction commercials that air while you're watching sitcoms aren’t just awkward and uncomfortable, according to a new study, they are breaking rules too. Those rules, designed by the pharmaceutical industry itself, are meant to ensure the campaigns educate consumers and avoid targeting audiences for which the message is not age appropriate - like children. But the study out of UNC Charlotte says that 'Big Pharma's' efforts to self-regulate are "an industry-sponsored ruse" with the intention to deflect criticism and block any new Federal regulations. We'll talk with the researchers about direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical marketing - about the effectiveness and the ethics behind the ads. Sex, Lies and Television, when Charlotte Talks.

Historic Enderly Park Facebook page

Charlotte police and federal drug officials on Friday rounded up nine men and the matriarch of a family selling cocaine and marijuana in the Enderly Park neighborhood.  

Enderly Park is an old Charlotte neighborhood of small homes west of Uptown that's become rough over the years as original residents have passed away and their homes have gone up for rent. CMPD Lieutenant Blake Hollar says 70-year-old Mary Falls exploited that trend to move a bunch of relatives onto her block.