Heroin use has been on the upswing over the past several years around the state, and law enforcement continues to see more overdoses and deaths surrounding its use. There were two more in Alton over the past few weeks, including one last Thursday in the 2,000 block of Park Avenue. In that case, a 31-year-old male apparently overdosed on the drug.
On July 11, a 34-year-old male overdosed, and a 27-year-old Alton woman is charged in his death. Alton Police Department public Information Officer Emily Hejna says the department's Drug Unit stays busy with heroin-related activity.
Heroin is second only to alcohol in substances for which people are seeking treatment in Illinois.