MEDFORD, Ore. – Police say two Ashland men found dead this week likely died of heroin. Compared to last year, the Rogue Valley is more populated with heroin cases, and now Medford Police are explaining why this could be the case.
This week, police found a man dead on the 700 block of Laurel Street in Ashland, and then on Tuesday another man was found dead on the 2400 block of Siskiyou Boulevard in Ashland.
The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement, which assists all of Jackson County, is seeing an increase in the amount of heroin seized in the Rogue Valley. Medford Police officers believe people in our area first become addicted to pills that are opium-based and then graduated to heroin, which is a hardcore form of those prescription pills.
“Pills have killed a lot of people here in the rogue valley. In fact, pills have killed more people by accidental overdose than heroine, by far,” explained Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
Medford Police officers saw 362 heroin cases last year and this year there have been 495 heroine cases; that’s a 36% increase.