More deaths due to heroin than cocaine in SE Wis.

Posted Monday, June 10, 2013 --- 9:00 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Heroin-overdose deaths have surpassed cocaine fatalities in Milwaukee County, and a similar trend is playing out elsewhere in southeastern Wisconsin.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report says the heroin numbers might have been worse without the use of a heroin antidote that has saved lives.

Milwaukee police Capt. Anthony Smith says many heroin users usually start off by abusing prescription drugs. But prescription pills sold on the street can cost $50 to $100, and Smith says drug users find out they can get the same high from heroin for $10 to $20 per hit.

The newspaper says there were 159 overdose deaths in Milwaukee County last year. Of those, 34 were caused by cocaine and 38 were attributed solely to heroin.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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