Monday, September 8, 2014
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Chesco officials point to cheap heroin as big danger

CHESTER COUNTY

Cheap heroin can be big danger

WEST CHESTER Heroin overdoses caused 24 deaths last year in Chester County, according to law enforcement officials, who released new figures Wednesday and stressed that curbing abuse of prescription drugs is the most effective way to stop heroin use.

"People start by using prescription drugs like oxycodone, then switch to heroin because it is cheaper and easier to obtain," District Attorney Thomas Hogan said in a news release.

Of the 24 deaths, 18 individuals also had prescription drugs in their system, according to Hogan.

Last year was the first year that the County Coroner's Office, at the request of the district attorney, kept detailed statistics on heroin deaths. The numbers showed that 22 of the deceased were white, one was black, and one was Latino. Fourteen were men and 10 were women. They ranged in age from 21 to 70. - Tricia L. Nadolny

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