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Heroin Deaths on the rise in Lake County

Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey recently informed the community of an urgent issue. In the past 8 days her office has investigated 9 drug overdose deaths, 6 of those deaths are heroin related.

If you or someone you know suffers from addiction, the Coroner’s office wants the public to know that help for recovery is available at local mental health facilities such as Regional, Porter-Starke, and Edgewater in this area.

Assistance is also accessible for people suffering from opiate addiction, Methadone, Suboxone, and Vivitrol are available at clinics along with medical care and counseling. These wrap around services truly save lives.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich has partnered with Coroner Merrilee Frey regarding this national epidemic. Uniformed patrol officers and about 90 percent of all other sheriff officers are prepared to respond to an opioid/heroin overdose with Narcan.

Coroner Frey and her office continue to educate our youth of the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs by talking in the local schools and public meetings. Any organization or school can take advantage of the speakers available to make presentation on the heroin epidemic through the Coroners Office by calling 219-755-3265 to schedule a time.


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