Megan Lynch

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – Officials aren’t surprised, but are disappointed that the number of heroin deaths continues to rise in the St. Louis Region.

In Madison County, Illinois, fatal overdose cases are set to outpace last year’s figures.

Chief Investigators for the Madison County Coroner, Kelly Rogers, says the deaths are in all age groups, “It’s pretty  much across the spectrum.  The youngest we’ve had has been 18 years of age and the oldest person we’ve had has been at the age of 50.”

12 people in Madison County have died of a heroin overdose the first six months of this year.  That’s compared to 18 deaths for all of last year.  And Rogers says that doesn’t include the lives that have been saved.  He says law enforcement officials report nearly two dozen heroin overdose cases since January where the victim has been revived.

As KMOX has reported, St. Louis County officials fear deaths from heroin use may double this year compared to 2010.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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