Four likely overdose deaths in Dodge Co. in three weeks: “Taking its hold on our rural community”

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DODGE COUNTY -- There have been four likely heroin overdose deaths in less than three weeks in Dodge County.

"This has taken over. It really has," Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt said. "This wasn`t here five, 10 years ago and it really is taking its hold on our rural community."

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt

Sheriff Schmidt says his community has seen four overdose deaths within a three-week period.

"We believe at this time point they are. There are some signs that are pointing to heroin use at the scenes," Sheriff Schmidt said.

In 2015, Dodge County saw 20 overdose deaths. With four deaths in three weeks, Sheriff Schmidt is worried this could be a deadly year.

"Absolutely, and 20 is far over what we had in 2014 which I believe is right around 11," Sheriff Schmidt said.

Dodge County

Dodge County

Sheriff Schmidt is attributing the increase to prescription drug abuse.

"And then they become addicted to the opioids and they are expensive and so they switch to heroin," Sheriff Schmidt said.

He added that this latest rash of overdose deaths could be linked to a "hot batch" of heroin.

"Hot batch is something that has been coined in the drug trade as being this is a batch that has something in it, either it`s a high potency because it wasn`t cut the same as the last dose or it may have fentanyl included with that heroin," Sheriff Schmidt said.

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In addition to the overdose deaths, the Dodge County Sheriff's Office is also handling far more calls for those who ultimately do not lose their lives.

"We`re seeing people, sometime we get two or three at night on a Friday or Saturday night that are being transported to the hospital. It really is a dose of reality," Sheriff Schmidt said.

Another drug investigator has joined the Dodge County Sheriff's Office and there are more patrols on the streets.

Sheriff Schmidt has also set up educational programs in the school to teach them about the problem, and he is working with community groups to increase access to rehabilitation centers for those who are addicted.

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5 comments

  • A yooper

    If dumb enough to do do that stuff odds are you won’t contribute much to society anyhow. No pity here. Life is hard without doing things like that. A bit of Darwin. (Weed out the weak)

  • Anonymous

    I am guessing something else is too short too….lol

    Weakling!? I’m no weakling. I have overcome what usually ends in death. And a weakling never admits they made a mistake. Strong people do. And mind your crappie attitude cause I am a 100% sure you and/or someone else you know is an addict right now. That risk of OD is not a “if it happens to me,” it’s a WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU! So quit judging and grow up, cause people like you are the reason this has gotten so out of hand.

  • ANONYMOUS

    i was told if they don’t have some type of Insurance they will only hold them for up to 72 hours after they do a evaluation. Because they are an adult they are free to sign them selves out.

  • truth hurts

    This goes thru the black community and they cut it with poison because they know it’s mostly weak minded white kids doing it, quit being so naive.

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