(KMOV) – A wave of heroin addiction is fueling crimes like robbery in Madison County.
Thomas Gibbons, the Madison County State’s Attorney says heroine related crimes are up as much as 30-40 percent.
“I think it’s at nearly to an epidemic proportion,” said Gibbons. “Property crimes all the way to retail thefts and up to the most serious of our residential burglaries have gone up dramatically year to year. We don’t have final statistics yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw 30-40 percent increases.”
Gibbons also says the number of heroin overdoses have increased dramatically.
“According to the statistics that I’ve received recently from our coroner’s office, we’re on pace this year to have twice as many deaths from heroin overdose than we did last year,” said Gibbons.
According to Gibbons, police have stepped up enforcement on all levels to combat heroin use and heroin related crimes.
“We have started meeting with local law enforcement, my office, the state’s attorney’s office, the U.S. Attorney’s office and our partners in federal law enforcement,” he said. “There’s a whole lot of good undercover police work being done.”