Madison County heroin related deaths increase in 2015 - KMOV.com

Madison County heroin related deaths increase in 2015

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MADISON COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

The Madison County Coroner's Office said there were a suspected 77 drug related deaths in the county in 2015, down from 92 in 2014. However, there is indication that heroin use in the county is on the rise.

“This year’s statistics almost presents itself in a good news – bad news fashion” said Coroner Stephen Nonn.  “The good news being that the total number of drug deaths are down from 92 in 2014.  The bad news being that heroin deaths are up to a suspected 43 in 2015 from 26 in 2014.”

Currently, there are 38 confirmed deaths related to heroin overdose with another five suspected.

As for other drug related deaths, the Coroner's Office released the following information: 

There were seven fentanyl overdoes deaths; 11 confirmed prescription medication deaths (and eight pending, but suspected deaths); one suspected, pending synthetic drug overdose; two pending deaths related to alcohol poisoning; and five deaths as a complication of drug abuse and usage.

“It is to say the least, disappointing to see the heroin numbers rising as they did,” Nonn said. “However, the numbers only parallel what is being seen nationally.  We will continue with our drug take-back days that we hold in conjunction with the sheriff and the state’s attorney as well as our school presentations.  Hopefully, we can plant seeds today that will bear fruit tomorrow.”

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