City of Dixon seeing an increase in heroin-related deaths
The number of heroin-related deaths continues to climb in Dixon. Three people died within 10 days of each other from the drug. Now local law enforcement officials are teaming up to combat this issue.
"It appears right now that heroin is more lethal than it has ever been," says Dixon's Police Chief Dan Langloss.
Police say two women and a man died of heroin overdoses. They were between the ages of 25 to 35. While drugs are not a new problem, new mixes of heroin are causing more issues for officers.
"We are seeing people who have been using heroin for long periods of time, all of a sudden having overdoses," says Langloss.
Local leaders are taking action. They recently joined forces to cut off the supply of heroin into Dixon. Lee County State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller says heroin is seeping into town from nearby communities like from Rockford, the Quad Cities and Aurora.
"Our police department as well as our sheriff's department are trying to be as aggressive as possible in trying to stop it from coming here but when they use up there [Rockford] it makes it tough," says Sacco-Miller.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office and Dixon PD have also started the "Joint Operation Group". It's a task force of 10 detectives from both department's working together on drug investigations.
With the proper resources in place, the hope is more lives will be spared from the deadly drug.
"The more personal, the more resources we have, we can actually get out there and make a difference in our community. The bottom-line is though that we are trying to save lives," says Sheriff John Simonton.
Dixon Police say they are currently following up on several leads in regards to the three recent deaths.