The Madison County Coroner says that even though the number of heroin-related deaths continue to rise, education efforts are starting to pay off. Coroner Stephen Nonn tells the Big Z of the 43 deaths last year that have either been confirmed or are suspected to be heroin-related, it does not appear the groups that are hearing their message are making up a large portion of that number.
Nonn tells The Big Z a team of county officials have talked to well over 15,000 students in the county over the past several years.
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Nonn says many addicts tell him they became addicted to heroin the first time they used it, so one of the key messages is not to try it, not even once.