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Heroin Getting Out of Control in Metro East, Says U.S. Attorney

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Attorney Wigginton
​The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois has declared a war on heroin.

The drug, once limited in the number of victims it reached, has hit the St. Louis region like a tidal wave in the last three years, leaving both low-income and affluent communities in its wake.

Now, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton says the time has come to step the assault on the epidemic. He wants to treat heroin overdose as a homicide -- and go after the dealer in each case. The minimum punishment for that crime is twenty years in prison.

"We are going to treat every overdose scene like a crime scene," Wigginton told the Associated Press. "We are going to treat every overdose as a potential homicide. Heroin is the bullet."


"I don't have to prove you injected it," Wigginton added. "I don't have to prove that you intended to kill anyone; I just have to prove you sold it."

In Madison County, there have been 30 heroin-related deaths (with five more deaths pending) in the past three years, spiking from just five in 2008, according to the A.P. report. Together, Madison and neighboring St. Clair counties have witnessed 35 heroin overdose deaths since January 2010.

The resurgence of the drug "is coming as hard as crack ever did," said Granite City Police Officer Jeff Donahey in a KTVI report. (See clip below.)

Next Wednesday and Thursday, the Madison County Administration Building will host the "Pharmaceutical Overdose Death Investigation Seminar," which will include talks by Wigginton, Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn and Collinsville Police Chief Scott Williams, as well as Drug Enforcement Agency investigators and physicians from around the nation. For more information, contact Wigginton's office at 618-628-3700.

And tonight at 6:30 p.m., the St. Charles First Assembly of God Church, in St. Peters, is hosting a panel titled "Battling Heroin in Our Community." The event will include talks by addiction experts, law enforcement officers and corrections representatives, as well as a recovering addict.

 


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Angela Hydron
Angela Hydron

why if this is the case the 2 poeple that picked my son up & took him 2 get the drug & took him 2 a motel & left him lay in a bathtub for 8hrs to die is running free & a hospital was as close as a mile down the road, they picked him up in illinois then brought him to missouri 2 die cause they no missouri is not pushing like illinois.....

Pamela
Pamela

Heroin is badass. Anyone know if the snortable kind is sold around these parts? I'd never shoot it but I might sniff a little on the weekends to mellow out.

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FreedomLover
FreedomLover

The best way to get rid of overdoses is to legalize heroin. That would lead to standardization and quality control.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Does that mean I can sue my meth dealer for dental work?

Jdub
Jdub

I for one feel much safer now. They have had so much luck stopping homicides and gun violence in the metro east area surely the heroin problem will soon go away.

Your Momma
Your Momma

Wonder where the USA of the Eastern District of MO is when it comes to treating COCAINE overdoses like homicides and going after their suppliers....

Robert
Robert

My son didn't shoot up. He liked to sniff a little on the weekends. Then occasionally on week days. Then all the time. When he hit "rock bottom" he went in to rehab. He stayed clean for over 3 months. Then he decided to do it again. It killed him.

Emccann0323
Emccann0323

You're a really bright fella ... it's the snortable kind that's causing the deaths, bonehead.

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