Heroin overdoses seen in older users in Jackson


JACKSON, Mich (WLNS) – 6 News reported this week that four people overdosed on heroin in the city of Jackson.

All of them were in their 20’s.

But over the weekend, and again on Tuesday, a total of four other people also ODed.

And they’re twice as old.

When you think heroin you might think of low-economic, inner city problems.

But, in reality, heroin affects all types of people, teenagers to senior citizens.

Over the weekend, officers responded to four people who overdosed on heroin in three different places.

Their ages: 58, two 59 year olds, and a 60-year-old man.

That might surprise you but it doesn’t surprise everyone.

“You know the gamut of patients we see are probably in their 20s and 30s but the interesting piece is we’ve seen 50 year olds,” says Rami Khoury. “I’ve seen 60 year olds in my career, I’ve seen 70 year olds come in and accidentally overdose.”

Khoury works in the emergency department in Jackson County.

He says most people start popping pills and when they can’t get them they go to heroin.

“What you find is patients accidentally overdose because doctor A tells them to take this four times a day and doctor B tells them to take this 3 times a day and oh and by the way doctor A and doctor B are from two different health systems and they don’t know what the other one is doing and that’s part of the problem,” explains Khoury.

The Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team says the increase of heroin is a serious health concern.

So the battle continues and police say they’ll keep working on the problem regardless of how old the users are.

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