(CBS) — Cheaper than cigarettes and more accessible than alcohol, heroin is killing people across the country and here in Illinois.
Last year alone, there were more than 800 overdose deaths in Illinois. Since 2012, heroin has taken a life every three days in Chicago’s suburbs.
“This is an epidemic,” says Lake County, Ill. State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim, who has made the issue his top priority since taking office in 2012.
“It really affects so much of what we do. We are in Lake County, and in the Chicagoland area, really in the epicenter of this epidemic that’s affecting the whole country,” he says.