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Heroin use on the rise in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (WDOJ) has announced its new anti-heroin ad campaign to warn people about heroin addiction. Heroin use has been on the rise in the state, rising at a higher rate than cocaine .

There were about 350 heroin submissions processed in 2009. However, in 2012, the number almost doubled. The number of heroin overdoses has also risen. According to a Wisconsin doctor, heroin is pretty addictive and a hard habit to stop after a person has started down the wrong track. The doctor has also said that medical professionals now have to take into account if the individual has taken other drugs in addition to heroin.

The spike in heroin overdoses is causing the need for more hospital an ER resources. One of the needed resources in hospitals is the antidote Narcan. The drug can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose and revive someone within minutes. If it wasn't for the antidote, the state may have a higher rate of fatal heroin overdoses.

Whether or not a person overdoses, he or she can still face serious charges for selling or possessing heroin. Many individuals who are accused of possessing or distributing heroin or any other drug may ask a criminal lawyer for help. A criminal lawyer may build a defense for his or her client. For instance, the lawyer may interview witnesses and look at police evidence. Also, a criminal defense lawyer may present evidence at the client's trial to prove his or her innocence. If a prosecutor wants to discuss a plea deal, the lawyer may try to get his or her client a reduced sentence or charges in exchange for a guilty plea.

Source: NBC, "Heroin use on the rise in Wisconsin", Kristin Mazur, June 28, 2013

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