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Cracking down on heroin behind the wheel

Posted at 5:36 PM, Feb 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 12:23:32-05

De Pere -- According to new reports from the Brown County Sheriff's Office, heroin is the number one drug of concern in the county. But it's also considered by some to be a "loophole" drug when it comes to the restricted controlled substance testing.

This because heroin metabolized into another substance once it's in the blood stream for a while.

“The most alarming part of us is it acts very much like a depressant says” Justin Raska; a drug recognition expert in the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Lethargy , sleepiness and even worse. The drug restricts your pupils letting less light in

“At night if you're driving you want your pupils to dilate you want to be allow more light in to see” Raska continues.

But a new bill could soon take away that "loophole" with the help of Representative André Jacque of De Pere.

Jacque says ultimately the goal is to get people help while also keeping our streets safe. “We want to have more effective prosecution for drugs while driving so we can ultimately get people help” says Jacque.