Deaths Increasingly Due to Heroin in Lake County
The statistics are alarming. In Lake County the number of overdoses due to heroin are increasing at levels leading many to declare a “heroin epidemic” in Chicago’s northernmost county.
The consequences of heroin addiction are alarming, as the percentages of Lake County deaths that involved heroin is on the rise. In 2011, 84 cases investigated by the Coroner’s Office were a direct result of substance abuse, 82% of those were accidental overdoses and 35% of deaths were people under the age of 30.
- 2009: 88 deaths from substance abuse; 34% (30) involved heroin
- 2010: 92 deaths from substance abuse; 37% (34) involved heroin
- 2011: 84 deaths from substance abuse; 42% (35) involved heroin
The Lake County Coroner’s Officeshows that drug abuse deaths have occurred throughout the county, including Lake Forest, Highland Park, Deerfield, Hawthorn Woods, Buffalo Grove, Riverwoods, Libertyville, Mundelein, Gurnee and Grayslake.
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