Two area sheriffs held a news conference today to highlight a growing prevalence of heroin in the metro.
Twenty-two people died of a heroin overdose in 2009, a significant jump over the 14 who died in 2008. Almost all of those who died over that time were white men. Thirty-four of the deaths were men; 30 were white, according to Richard Stanek, the sheriff of Hennepin County. The largest increase was among people 36 to 45 years old.
Stanek was a guest this morning on MPR’s Morning Edition.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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