MADISON COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn reports drug overdose deaths are on the rise the in the county.
Nonn said in 2013 there were 54 overdose deaths. Of those, 22 were caused by heroin. He said heroin deaths remain steady over the past three years, averaging at least 20 deaths each year.
“In 2014 we currently stand at 101 overdose death. Of those, 22 are pending prescription drug overdose cases and there are 4 that are pending suspected heroin overdoses,” Nonn said. “Please keep in mind that of the 22 pending prescriptions, some might end up being natural causes if the toxicology is negative for drugs, but the circumstances surrounding the death make us suspicious that drugs played a role. We are still awaiting toxicology results on those cases.”
On Dec. 31 there were 22 confirmed heroin deaths and 41 confirmed prescription drug overdoses in Madison County in 2014.