Madison County Sets New Record For Drug-Related Deaths

Coroner Steve Nonn says Fetanyl has replaced heroin as deaths rise.

Brett Blume
January 03, 2019 - 12:11 pm
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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) -  Drug-related deaths reached new heights in Madison County, Illinois in 2018.

That's according to year-end information released by county coroner Steve Nonn, showing that for the first time ever drug deaths reached triple digits at 109.

That topped 2017's figure of 87 and broke the record of 91 set in 2014.

"Fentanyl and its analogs have replaced heroin both here at home and nationwide," according to Nonn. "It's ease of manufacture and delivery makes it more appealing than dealing in conventional opiate derivative narcotics."

Nonn noted that deaths due to intoxication or overdose of heroin alone as the principal and sole toxin involved were noticeably absent from the drug death statistics.

He says drug deaths in 2018 "predominantly" featured cocktails of substances.

"The bottom line to the year 2018 is that drugs continue to be a scourge and plague on the people in Madison County, bringing a tremendous amount of grief to people who are left behind in the wake of an addiction that ends for some only in death," Nonn concluded.

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