MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The number of deaths linked to heroin overdoses in the region is rising and has already outpaced previous years in some cases.
The Journal-News reports that there have been 107 heroin-related deaths in the first nine months of 2015. Officials said there have been 136 total drug overdoses.
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The Butler County Coroner reported that there were 76 deaths during the same time period last year.
The coroner told the Journal-News that they expect about 143 deaths in the county if the current rate does not decrease -- a 39 percent increase.
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