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March 26, 2014

Benzie drug epidemic continues

BEULAH — Two more deaths in Benzie County are suspected drug overdoses.

A Colfax Township man, 22, was found dead this morning of a suspected heroin overdose. The death of a second man, 42, in Homestead Township on March 19 is also a suspected drug overdose.

Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel said the county is in the midst of an epidemic of drug-related deaths.

"This is like six overdoses in the last two years," Schendel said. "For our population, the ratio of deaths is way too high."

The names of the victims were not immediately released.

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