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Heroin Overdose Prompts Summit In Madison County

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- In Madison County, it’s not just teenagers who are overdosing on heroin. According to Madison County officials, it is also middle-aged people, usually after they become addicted to pain killers.

Madison County Sheriff Bob Hertz says heroin is killing 20 people a year in the area and a majority of deaths are from St. Louis. This week, the St. Louis Police will be attending this week’s heroin summit in Madison County, Illinois.

“We’d actually do work with the federal agencies to do interdiction, when you say enough, there’s never enough and we could always do more,” says Dotson. “But certainly it’s in our radar screen.”

St. Louis is the heroin hub for the region, the place most addicts go to buy according to Madison County officials.  There’s a demand for more cooperation from city police in going after dealers and cutting off any resources.

“Heroin is a problem that’s permeated the inner city, suburban and even in the rural areas,” says Dotson. “I’m aware of that in Madison County, we’re sending officers and I will work with anybody that will address crime as a regional perspective.”

After last week’s assessment by the state attorney of heroin use in the area, Dotson says that there needs to be more awareness throughout schools about the dangers of heroin.

“Well, I think it’s terrifying, I have two young sons, a 9 year old and a 13 year old,” says Gibbons. “From my own point of view as a father, I see this as an unacceptable circumstance.”

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