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According to Medical Examiner Patty Schachtner's records, 32 unnatural deaths have occurred in St. Croix County between September 2013 and June 22, 2014. In 15 of those cases, the person who died had a history of drug abuse and had fatal levels of one or more drugs in their system. Five deaths were related to alcohol.

Medical examiner says opiates, heroin are a countywide problem

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Despite having what many would consider a very difficult job, St. Croix County medical examiner Patty Schachtner is passionate about her job, particularly when it comes to the growing number of drug-related deaths countywide.


Schachtner said that as she has worked around the county over the past year, she has heard more than once that heroin and opiates “are Hudson’s problem. That isn’t happening here.”

But she begs to differ and has the facts to back it up.

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Meg Heaton
Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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