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Will County sees drop in heroin deaths year-over-year

Published on Saturday, August 5, 2017

Will County sees drop in heroin deaths year-over-year

The county is "seeing some impact" from all of its initiatives, including Naloxone, educational programs in the schools and Safe Passage programs in local police departments, where addicts can turn themselves to get treatment.

Heroin-related deaths are primarily white males, Burke said.

"Men far surpass women, but nationally there is a huge increase in women," she said, noting that Will County is behind that trend 

Last year, there also were more African-American deaths, which she said were linked to more "multi-drug deaths." This year, there are more cases involving fentanyl, a heroin substitute that is more potent, she said.

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