Medical examiner and sheriff issue statements regarding heroin

Patrice Hall, Kenosha County Medical Examiner, and Sheriff David Beth both issued statements regarding drug overdoses after three deaths this past weekend.

One of the deaths was in Twin Lakes, the other two in Kenosha.

Said Beth:

“Overdose deaths are an increasing problem in Kenosha County. We continue to utilize our resources in KDOG (Kenosha Drug Operations Group), our K-9 teams, and regular patrol to catch drug dealers and drug users. We continue to educate our children through the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program and educate adults through the many programs offered within our jail facilities, as well as, working with Kenosha County’s Drug Courts. As always, we ask the public to call with information, especially in these types of life and death situations.”

Hall’s statement follows:

Kenosha County officials are concerned about the recent spike of drug overdoses and drug overdose deaths that have been occurring in Kenosha County. In a 72-hour period over this past weekend, there were three deaths that appear to be linked to heroin use. Toxicology testing will confirm if heroin or other drugs were a contributing factor in these deaths. These deaths have occurred in the city as well as in rural areas of Kenosha County. So far in 2014, there have been 15 confirmed deaths due to drug overdoses. There are several more deaths that are awaiting toxicology results before being determined to be a drug overdose death. At this time last year in 2013, there were 19 confirmed deaths due to toxicity (drug overdose).

If you witness a drug overdose, please call 911 to get the person immediate medical attention.

Please call KDOG (Kenosha Drug Operations Group) -262-605-7930 if you have any leads or tips to provide to the police.

Other resources available in Kenosha County are:

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resource Center, 5407 – 8th
  • Open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm – 262-657-7188.
  • Kenosha Human Development Services – 262-657-7188 (someone is available to speak with 24 hours a day/7 days a week)
  • Websites: www.drugfreeworld.org, www.drugabuse.gov, www.samhsa.gov

Know the warning signs of Heroin or drug use:

  • Behavioral changes.

  • Hyperactivity followed by fatigue.

  • Disorientation or poor motor function.

  • Irresponsibility at work or school.

  • Lying.

  • Wearing long shirts or pants even during warm weather.

  • Increased sleeping.

  • Slurred Speech.

  • Track marks on arms or legs.

  • Weight loss.

  • Constant runny nose.

  • Scabs or bruises due to picking at the skin.

  • Fatigue followed by patterns of alertness.

  • Shallow or labored breathing.

  • Infections on the skin from injections, boils.

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Small, constricted pupils

  • Appearance of “distant” gazing eyes (some say heroin steals the soul)

  • Lack of motivation

  • Placing distance from friends and family members or hanging out with a new group of people.

  • Lack of memory, forgetting things or not remembering important events or matters.

  • Long, droopy, heavy extremities.

  • Lack of interest in the future or what comes next.

  • Unkempt self-image, lack of hygiene or taking care of one’s self.

2 Comments

  1. Carrie Rudd says:

    It is very discomforting to read that 2 out of 4 of these resources Kenosha utilizes are proven ineffective in treatment measures. DARE has been proven ineffective throughout the country and supply reduction is also proven ineffective throughout the country. As long as there is a demand, there will be a supply. I believe demand reduction should be our primary focus during this tragic epidemic. The only two other resources mentioned involve incarceration. The message that sends is once you get caught and arrested, we will consider finding you treatment. I suppose KDOG is going to save lives with their $238,000 tank like vessel that reads “PURCHASED WITH NON-TAXPAYER DRUG FORFEITURE FUNDS.” Maybe that money should go to helping addicts get treatment when they sweep the dealer. I have never seen a drug bust that required a tank even if supply reduction were effective. Without change to our treatment approach, our epidemic is going to continue.

  2. kelly says:

    i like how they say this has become a epidemic, were has everyone been this has been going on for years and now you are finally making a deal about it come on were have you all been such a shame

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