DuPage County heroin deaths in 2013 match last year's total with four months to January
DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen said that the heroin epidemic and the "bad, dirty disease" of addiction has taken more lives this year than any in recent memory with four more months to go until the year's end.
"Eventually, all people that are involved in serious drugs, and especially heroin, devolve in to a very, very serious spiral that ends up either in rehabilitation if you're lucky, our criminal justice system if you're also lucky, or death," he said in a presentation to the DuPage County Board Sept. 24.
Jorgensen said his office has identified 38 people who have died of heroin overdose so far this year, which is the same amount as the total number of heroin deaths last year. The 38 deaths do not include numbers from September or from the remainder of the year.
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