Heroin appears to be rising threat

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Greg Peck
November 7, 2012

As the graph on Page 1A Sunday starkly illustrated, overdose deaths of heroin, other opiate-based drugs and other toxins have been on an alarming upward trend since 2008. That’s the year heroin spread rapidly through Rock County’s drug culture. Last year, 34 people died of such overdoses, including eight of heroin—the most since 2008. The coroner’s office ruled 11 of the 34 deaths as suicides.

Does this overdose trend alarm you? What can parents and grandparents, law enforcement and health care providers do to help reduce the risks? We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Thursday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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