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Heroin-Related Deaths Rising at Alarming Rate in Montgomery County

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — As many people have died from heroin overdoses in Montgomery County in the last few months as in the previous three years combined, police say.

At least seven overdose deaths caused by heroin have occurred in Montgomery County since March, with six of those happening since June, Montgomery County police said.

A total of seven heroin-related deaths occurred in the county in 2010, 2011 and 2012 combined, police said.

“The dangers of using illegal drugs are always present but this recent spike in deaths attributed to heroin is particularly alarming,” Capt. Marcus Jones said.

The heroin overdose victims in Montgomery County range in age from 19 to 45 years old, according to police, and the deaths have occurred all over the county rather than being clustered in a particular location.

Seizures of heroin also have increased in the county, according to Capt. Nancy Demme.

Montgomery County isn’t alone in seeing an increase in heroin activity.

“We are sharing information with other jurisdictions on these cases,” Demme said. “This is not a problem that is confined to Montgomery County.”

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