Heroin related overdose deaths in Madison County continue to climb, but possibly not as rapidly as in previous years. As was the case at this time last year, there are 13 confirmed heroin overdoses on the books. Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn, and others in law enforcement, continue to sound the alarm of what's being called public health epidemic.
He says that number could go up dramatically, as there are 6 more death investigations that are pointing to likely heroin overdoses. Toxicology testing will confirm the exact cause in a few weeks. Nonn says education efforts are continuing, but can only do so much.
Prosecutors are cracking down on those who are selling the drug, and a handful of cases are pending in Madison County in connection with a heroin related death. Lawmakers in Illinois are attempting to tighten up laws, after a local judge recently dismissed a case because the heroin was bought in Missouri.