POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - It comes hidden in little balloons or capsules that look like Benadryl, heroin - a drug so addictive it can get you hooked the first time. People in Poplar Bluff say they feel its presence as police say the drug is making a comeback.
Ron Smith tells us he watched two loved ones suffer from heroin addiction.
"I've had two different girlfriends on it," said Smith. "They both had all the reason in the world to try and live right but the drugs just take over and there's no beating it."
He says it's unreal what heroin can do to you.
"They wake up in the morning with one thing on their minds and that's getting high," said Smith.
Meanwhile, parents like Jesse Hicks say they are already concerned about the future if heroin takes hold.
"It just seems like it's hit this community hard," said Hicks.
Hicks has a 5 year old and a 9 year old. He worries about what they will face when they get into high school.
"Everybody tells you how addictive it is," he said. "They are deathly sick without it."
Detective Corey Mitchell with the Poplar Bluff Police Department says you can become an addict after one hit.
"They're going to do whatever they have to do to get that high," said Detective Mitchell.
Mitchell says drug informants tipped them off, heroin is trying to take over as number one in Butler County, leaving meth and prescription drugs behind. He says they've learned distributors have found a market there with so-called buttons going for $20 instead of $5 as they do in cities.
"Parents and schools need to be aware of this trend," said Detective Mitchell.
He says drugs run in cycles, with a crackdown and it's heroin's turn. Meanwhile, they say if you think drugs don't effect you, think again.
"Eighty to ninety percent of all crimes from shop-lifting to domestic violence can be traced back to drugs," said Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley.
"Heroin breeds your more violent crimes because people want it so badly," said Detective Mitchell.
Investigators tell Heartland News at least two deaths in Butler County have been linked to heroin overdoes in the past year.
Detectives say they are working harder to pursue dealers when those cases arise in the hopes of charging them with second degree murder.
Meanwhile, Detective Mitchell says they have a good lead on the major players bringing the heroin into Butler County and they are investigating.