Officials holding the state’s first-ever heroin summit

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) – As heroin use in Michigan continues to rise, officials are holding the state’s first-ever Heroin Summit to address the issue.

The Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Department of Education and Michigan State Police Department will host the summit about heroin on Monday, Oct. 20.

Around 450 stakeholders are expected to attend to hear presentations and discuss solutions.

Recent data from the Michigan Department of Community Health shows heroin overdose deaths in Michigan increased from 271 in the four-year period of 1999 to 2002 to 728 between the two year period of 2010 to 2012.

A Kent County Medical Examiner report shows there has been a significant increase in heroin use over the past five years.

The summit starts at 9 a.m. Monday at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

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