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Winnebago County law enforcement warn about growing heroin problem


OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities in Winnebago County are getting the message out to the public that heroin usage is becoming a serious problem.

On Tuesday, the sheriff took part in a news conference with the county coroner, district attorney and local chiefs of police to highlight that drug use and abuse isn't a victimless crime.

Last year, Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz said law enforcement seized more heroin than in the past 10 years combined. Matz also says that personal crimes like burglaries rose because many users are turning to stealing in order to keep feeding their habit.

Coroner Barry Busby says this year the county is on pace to lose about 40 people to drug overdoses. He says the deaths take a toll on everyone.

“It affects all of us. There's no doubt about it, but dealing with the emotions of the families tears you apart. That's like when you go home and you feel like you've been shoveling snow for twelve hours, you're really tired, with the emotional things that these officers, that these mens' officers see and deal with,” Busby told FOX 11.

The law enforcement officers say they have to work together to solve this problem.