Heroin use on the rise in the North Country, police say

New York State Police say the arrest of two upstate men caught near the Canadian border with nearly 600 envelopes of heroin is just the latest indication that the sale and use of the drug is a growing problem in the North Country.

Wednesday's arrest in Plattsburgh of two Schenectady County men comes three months after a northern New York man and a New York City man were caught with nearly 1,200 envelopes of heroin after a traffic stop in Plattsburgh.

Troopers say heroin sales and usage have been on the rise in northern New York over the past two years. Police say that's because many drug users have switched from inhaling or injecting the prescription painkiller OxyContin to injecting heroin, which can be potentially more dangerous.