Michigan heroin addicts are stealing nail polish for drug money

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Stolen Nail Polish Might Be Fueling Heroin Addictions

A black market for stolen nail polish may be fueling heroin addictions.

"It's a popular product. Almost everyone's having their nails done, and there's a lot of salons," a Detroit-area police chief told WXYZ.

A Detroit-area police chief told Newsy's partners at WXYZ that drug addicts are stealing nail polish and selling it to salon owners on the black market.

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"What they're going to do is steal a $10 bottle, sell that for $2, take that $2 and then fund their drug habit," the police chief told WXYZ.

Case in point: A man and woman were recently caught on camera at a local CVS stealing roughly 200 bottles of nail polish worth about $1,600.

The man was caught and admitted to the CVS theft. He's currently jailed on multiple charges.

"You said heroin is driving your criminal behavior?" a judge presiding over the man's case said.

"Yes, ma'am," he said.

Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in the world and one of the most dangerous. A possibly lethal dose is only five times greater than the minimum needed to get someone high.

According to the most recent stats, over 1,700 people in Michigan died from heroin and painkiller use in 2014. And the problem is reportedly growing.

As for the buyers in the black market, the police chief told WXYZ that Michigan's struggling economy is likely why they're turning to stolen goods.

"It's unfortunate, it's illegal, but it happens," the police chief told WXYZ.

WXYZ reports the man who admitted to the CVS theft will be sentenced to three months in prison and then be transferred to a treatment facility. His accused partner in the crime was caught in New York. Authorities are working to have her moved to Michigan to face a trial and get treatment.

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In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 photograph, Billie Fisher stands in an industrial area of Camden, N.J., as she talks about being given the drug naloxone a couple years ago, to reverse a heroin overdose. Fisher said after being given the drug, she was in an emergency room in painful withdrawal. Naloxone works most of the time, but national statistics aren't kept on what happens to people who are revived. Some overdose again soon afterward. Some get treatment and get clean, but limited insurance, high costs and a shortage of spots at treatment centers can be hurdles. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 photograph, a jug of used needles to exchange for new is seen near, Jim "Woods" Ellis in an industrial area of Camden, N.J., as Ellis describes using the drug, naloxone, often known by the brand name Nacran, to reverse an addict's heroin overdose. Naloxone works most of the time, but national statistics arenât kept on what happens to people who are revived. Some overdose again soon afterward. Some get treatment and get clean, but limited insurance, high costs and a shortage of spots at treatment centers can be hurdles. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 photograph, Jim "Woods" Ellis stands in an industrial area of Camden,N.J., as he describes using the drug, naloxone, often known by the brand name Nacran, to reverse an addict's heroin overdose. Naloxone works most of the time, but national statistics arenât kept on what happens to people who are revived. Some overdose again soon afterward. Some get treatment and get clean, but limited insurance, high costs and a shortage of spots at treatment centers can be hurdles. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 photograph, Billie Fisher stands in an industrial area of Camden, N.J., as she talks about being given the drug naloxone a couple years ago, to reverse a heroin overdose. Fisher said after being given the drug, she was in an emergency room in painful withdrawal. Naloxone works most of the time, but national statistics arenât kept on what happens to people who are revived. Some overdose again soon afterward. Some get treatment and get clean, but limited insurance, high costs and a shortage of spots at treatment centers can be hurdles. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 photograph, Billie Fisher stands in an industrial area of Camden, N.J., as she talks about being given the drug naloxone a couple years ago, to reverse a heroin overdose. Fisher said after being given the drug, she was in an emergency room in painful withdrawal. Naloxone works most of the time, but national statistics arenât kept on what happens to people who are revived. Some overdose again soon afterward. Some get treatment and get clean, but limited insurance, high costs and a shortage of spots at treatment centers can be hurdles. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
FILE- In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 file photograph, a small bottle of the opiate overdose treatment drug, naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, is displayed at the South Jersey AIDS Alliance in Atlantic City, N.J. Naloxone works by blocking the brain receptors that opiates latch onto and helping the body "remember" to take in air. the treatment drug works most of the time, but national statistics arenât kept on what happens to people who are revived. Some overdose again soon afterward. Some get treatment and get clean, but limited insurance, high costs and a shortage of spots at treatment centers can be hurdles. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)
In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 photograph, with a jug of used needles to exchange for new nearby, Jim "Woods" Ellis stands in an industrial area of Camden,N.J., as he describes using the drug, naloxone, often known by the brand name Nacran, to reverse an addict's heroin overdose. Naloxone works most of the time, but national statistics arenât kept on what happens to people who are revived. Some overdose again soon afterward. Some get treatment and get clean, but limited insurance, high costs and a shortage of spots at treatment centers can be hurdles. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 photograph, Billie Fisher stands in an industrial area of Camden, N.J., as she talks about being given the drug naloxone a couple years ago, to reverse a heroin overdose. Fisher said after being given the drug, she was in an emergency room in painful withdrawal. Naloxone works most of the time, but national statistics arenât kept on what happens to people who are revived. Some overdose again soon afterward. Some get treatment and get clean, but limited insurance, high costs and a shortage of spots at treatment centers can be hurdles. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 photograph, Jim "Woods" Ellis lights the stub of a cigarette as he stands in an industrial area of Camden, N.J. Woods describes using the drug, naloxone, often known by the brand name Nacran, to reverse an addict's heroin overdose. Naloxone works most of the time, but national statistics arenât kept on what happens to people who are revived. Some overdose again soon afterward. Some get treatment and get clean, but limited insurance, high costs and a shortage of spots at treatment centers can be hurdles. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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