In 2012 there were 26 suspected or confirmed substance-related deaths, of
which nine or 35 percent were believed connected to heroin.
Year over year, thatís a 67 percent increase in suspected or confirmed
Four of the suspected heroin-related deaths this year occurred in Duneland:
two in Chesterton, one in Porter, and one in Liberty Township. Only one of
the suspected heroin-related deaths last year occurred in Duneland.
There is one other troubling trend suggested by the numbers: the average age
of the victims has declined from last year. In 2012, it was 36. This year
More: in 2012, only three of the nine victims believed to have overdosed on
heroin were younger than 30. This year fully nine of the 15 victims is
younger than 30, with an average age of 22.