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Alarming Jump in Heroin Deaths

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Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says he has seen an alarming number of what appear to be heroin-related deaths recently. "We don't have the toxicology reports back yet," Harris said, " but as everything appears right now with the probable and suspected heroin overdoses we're pretty much at the same levels that we were back in 2012 for the entire year and we're not even three months into 2013 at this point. "   In 2012, Harris says Porter County had nine deaths related to the drug, and so far this year there have been eight, confirmed or suspected, linked to heroin.  Harris is urging parents to start getting "a little bit nosy", especially if they have children they might suspect are into something like heroin, or even if they don't suspect anything, to try to find out what they're into. Harris says individuals who've died in the past couple of weeks have generally been between the ages of 18 and 25.
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