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The number of people using heroin in Wisconsin has risen steadily over the last five years.

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There’s been a dramatic increase in the number of heroin deaths in Milwaukee County.

Cassie Medved, Whitefish Bay High School

With dozens of young people dying every year of heroin overdoses, the Dept. of Justice is mailing packets of materials to high schools to educate students.

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If there’s one issue winning bipartisan support in Madison, it’s legislation to fight heroin use.

Residents can drop off unused and unwanted prescription drugs at a number of locations around the community this weekend.  

The Drug Enforcement Administration is holding its seventh annual event to collect leftover medicines.

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Experts say many heroin addicts first get hooked on opiate-based prescription painkillers.

Wisconsin Department of Justice

Heroin has been taking a toll in Wisconsin – because of its highly addictive and devastating grip.

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Many heroin users try to stop, but find they cannot free themselves from the hold the drug has on them.

Ann-Elise Henzl

There has been a dramatic rise in heroin use and fatal overdoses in Wisconsin. Last year, nearly 200 residents died using the illegal drug. It’s shown up in more than two-thirds of the state’s counties.

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Heroin has been devastating lives. In 2012, the illegal drug killed 199 people in Wisconsin, and crushed family and friends.

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