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TPD now investigating heroin deaths

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Toledo Police Department is getting involved in the fight against heroin. Police are getting increasing reports of heroin overdoses and deaths. Lucas county recorded 14 deaths in 2010, 31 in 2011, 55 in 2012, and 80 in 2013. A local toxicologist expects the number of deaths to continue to increase this year.

The Toledo Police Department never investigated drug overdoses. Now the department has new procedures when a heroin overdose comes in. Detectives, the drug and vice task force will be called-in to investigate.

"We'll go out and collect any evidence survey the scene do interviews and come up with information and present it to the prosecutor. We'll go after the source and that's the whole idea to come up with who's bringing these drugs in if the drugs are tainted," said Toledo police captain Brad Weis.

Police say the victim's in many of these cases are young, white and from the suburbs. Police believe one way to put a stop to the crime is to prosecute.  

"The people who brought the drugs into the house even assisted in administering the drug that is all a crime in the state of Ohio," says Captain Weis.

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