Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett says the only reason crystal methamphetamine hasn't taken root on the North Shore as it has in many other areas of the country is because heroin is still cheaper here.
But, Blodgett says, that situation may change in the future with drug users switching over to the highly dangerous substance, and he wants to get out in front of it with education and coordinated efforts by law enforcement agencies -- may even be a sign of worse to come.
Blodgett, a Peabody native, has been warning about crystal meth for the past five years, as New England was the only region not have to been hit by it yet.
He was interviewed recently by the Salem News and explained how devastating the effects of the drug are and how addictive it is. You can read that interview here.