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Public Service Announcement From KCE – Recent Overdoses

Kenosha County Medical Examiner’s Office
(File Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Medical Examiner’s Office responds to three suspected overdose deaths in recent days

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Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patrice Hall is warning of a recent string of suspected drug overdose deaths in the community. Hall said her office has responded to three such cases in recent days, all involving men over 35 years of age. This follows a similar stretch in late July, in which five suspected overdose deaths occurred over the course of a few days, with all of the deceased individuals over the age of 50. “These statistics go to show that the overdose epidemic is not just a problem for people in their teens and 20s,” Hall said. “This is affecting people in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.” Today’s announcement comes as the county has now reached 58 confirmed toxicity deaths in 2022, exceeding the previous record from 2017. This total is likely to increase further as several other cases are still awaiting toxicology results, Hall said.

Kenosha County agencies continue to offer numerous prevention resources, including Narcan and fentanyl test strips. People who are seeking help for themselves or for a loved one struggling with substance use are encouraged to contact the Kenosha County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resource Center at 262-764-8555.

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“It’s important to know that help is available and recovery is possible,” Hall said. “There are many resources available in the community for people who are struggling with substance use, and for their loved ones.”

KCE reminds its readers that injecting, snorting, or taking substances that may contain heroine or fentanyl can and will kill you. Studies show that you can reduce your risk of dying of an overdoes by as much as 100% by avoiding dangerous drugs altogether. Like President Ronald Regan once said, “Just say no [to drugs!]”

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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12 Responses

  1. Crack cocaine ravaged the black community in the 80’s and 90’s, and the solution was to lock up millions of blacks. Heroin and fentanyl hit the suburban whites and we go out of our way not to hold people responsible for their actions. Got it.

  2. not saying that using drugs is a good thing but is the ME pointing to a batch of bad drugs during these two ‘outbreaks’ or just that these users didn’t monitor their usage correctly?

    1. I don’t think fentanyl needs to be a “bad batch” to overdose, because the amount needed to overdose can be extremely small or hard to measure.


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