Heroin use continues to take lives in the Metro-East, and Madison County has reported around two-dozen overdose deaths for the last few years. In 2009, Madison County reported 7 heroin deaths, in 2010 the number had more than doubled. With the numbers of non-fatal overdoses also on the rise, the Madison County State’s Attorney has been taking his message of the dangers of the drug to local schools.
And Tom Gibbons says he thinks the message is hitting home in many cases.
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He says the drug continues to cross all socioeconomic categories, affecting all races, ages, men and women. Gibbons spoke to parents Tuesday night at St. Boniface School in Edwardsville.
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