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Heroin use, deaths on rise in Wisconsin

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Associated Press | April 7, 2014

MADISON — Some states, including Wisconsin, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. Here's a look at what's happening in Wisconsin:

THE PROBLEM:

Heroin use and overdose deaths have increased dramatically in Wisconsin, according to the state Department of Justice. The increases reflect the national trend of prescription opiate addicts turning to heroin. Every time an addict uses heroin, he or she could die, according to DOJ, because it's impossible to know how strong the dose is or what's in it.

THE NUMBERS:

According to the state Department of Health Services, the number of deaths with heroin as a contributing factor more than quintupled between 2003 and 2011, from 25 to 134.



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