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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
Dubuque police say they are dealing with a major drug problem in the city. People inside the Dubuque Police Department say they have seen an increase in methamphetamine and heroin in the past couple of years.
"We have noticed an increase in heroin specifically," said Lt. Scott Baxter, the Public Information Officer for the Dubuque Police Department. "We have had a fairly dramatic increase in heroin overdoses, many of which we were able to get to soon enough to help the person but in some cases unfortunately they did perish due to an overdose."
Lt. Scott Baxter says the police department has also noticed an increase in methamphetamine in the Dubuque area in the past couple of years as well.
"We have seen an increase in the last couple of years on pot or shake and bake meth labs." he said.
He says those meth labs have lead to an increase in structure fires.
"It has increased our structure fires," he said. "In fact a large majority of the structure fires we have had in the past year have been methamphetamine related."
According to the Dubuque Police Department, between February 2012 and May of this year, there were a total of ten structure fires due to meth labs. The report shows eight of those fires were caused by one-pot methamphetamine cooks.
The Dubuque Police Department says many drugs like methamphetamine and heroin are very easy to smell. They say if anyone smells anything out of the ordinary to contact the police department immediately.
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