Metro East County Sets New Opioid Death Record

Most victims are white men and women from varying income brackets and backgrounds

Brian Kelly
November 19, 2018 - 12:54 pm

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Edwardsville, IL (KMOX) — A Metro East county has set a deadly record: the most opioid overdose deaths in a single year.

Last Friday, Madison County recorded its 92nd overdose death. Thus topping the old record of 91 set in 2014.

Coroner Steve Nonn tells KMOX's Brian Kelly that, as opposed to four years ago when almost all deaths were caused by heroin, none of this year's were caused by that drug alone.

"Some are a combination of heroin and fentanyl. The majority of those opioid-related deaths if fentanyl itself. Sometimes fentanyl/heroin or fentanyl/methamphetamine...that sort of thing."

Nonn says most of the deaths involve white men, and some white women, between 26 and 55 years of age. He says they come from all income brackets and backgrounds.

"We have been in $500,000 homes, we've been in $30,000 homes, and everything in between," Nonn says. "There's absolutely nobody safe from this addiction. Nobody."

He says thanks to education efforts, fewer young people like teenagers are falling victim to the drug lately.

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