Heroin Overdose Brings Emergency Responders

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ST. GEORGE – St. George Police and ambulance are responding to the parking lot of Albertson’s on Sunset Boulevard just before 2 p.m.

Captain James Van Fleet said that an 18-year old male overdosed on heroin in the parking lot, requiring the police and medical responders.

Offering some insight into the heroin and oxycontin problems, Dan Murphy of Southwest Behavioral Health Center said “heroin is the drug of choice for many in Washington County today.  It is the most prevalent.”  He said that it is also the cheapest, so economics figure into its growing appeal.

Interestingly, oxycontin is similar to heroin in its character as a sedative depressant, but it is synthetically manufactured. “Heroin,” though, said Murphy, “is still top of the heap.”

St. George News  is developing an in depth look at heroin on users and families to publish soon.

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