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Chief Michael P. Murphy
150 Park Street
North Reading, MA 01864
(978) 664-3131
(978) 664-3170 fax



Drug Trends

Current Drug Trends                              

This Section of our Drug Awareness Site is designed to keep residents up to date with current information on local, regional and national drug trends. Many of the new and dangerous drugs that area available to kids are new and therefore there is very little known about them in the community. NRPD will continue to monitor local, regional and national drug trends and then post them on this site. Please check into this site frequently and look for additions to this site posted on our Face Book page. 
If you suspect a loved one is abusing opiates and or heroin please seek assistance immediately. The sooner one seeks help the better. The North Reading Police Department’s website and the North Reading C.I.T Community Impact Team’s website offers links to assist you in getting treatment for drug addicted people.
If you have questions or concerns please contact;
Detective Thomas Hatch at 978-357-5067 or email at 
Juvenile Detective Kevin Donle at 978-357-5072 or email at


Signs of Opiate Use- Specifically Heroin & Suboxone

The following pictures show actual drug paraphernalia seized by Police. Some of the pictures may help parents identify possible signs of drug use. Signs to look for include plastic sandwich baggie ties, brown or white powder residue, burnt or discolored spoons, plastic bottle caps, and hypodermic needles.

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·     Small corner sandwich baggie of heroin. Dealers will fill a corner of a
      andwich baggie, twist it, tie it, and cut off the remainder of the bag.
·     Heroin may be white or brown but usually off white.
·     This size bag is approximately 1 gram and costs around $45-$60.
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·     Hypodermic needle and heroin baggie.
·     Plastic bag with “the works”. Plastic bottle cap, Q-tip/ cotton swab, 
      Hypodermic needle.
·     ‘The Works” is considered drug paraphernalia. Used together with a spoon,
       water and a lighter, they prepare powder heroin to go through a filtration
       system using (cotton swab or ball). The heroin turns to liquid which can
       then be injected intravenously.
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·     Suboxone tablets, used to treat heroin and opiate addiction. 
      They are now being sold or traded on the street for heroin.
      They are orange colored and are hexagon shaped. Some addicts will
      break them in quarter pieces.
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·     Spoons used to cook the heroin into liquid form.
·     The brown residue is the cotton ball/swab used to filter the heroin,
      thus causing the cotton to turn a brownish color.
·     Missing and or dirty discolored spoons are an immediate sign.
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·     Plastic bottle cap. In this instance, a plastic bottle cap was used
      instead of a spoon to cook the heroin.
·     Notice the brown heroin residue inside the cap.
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·     A paper fold containing white powder- heroin.
·     Often times addicts will try and hide their heroin in this type of manner,
      attempting to trick someone into thinking it’s only a scrap piece of paper.