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      The uphill battle against heroin in Monroe

      Residents in Monroe, Mich., continue an uphill battle against heroin in their community after last year's rally called for a change.More than 300 people attended a rally in downtown Monroe to call attention to the city's heroin problem last year in November last year. At that point, 39 people had died from a heroin overdose in 2013. By the time the year ended, another 11 people would overdose on the drug.

      Megan McCollum, founder of Stand Against Heroin, helped organize the rally. A family relative of McCollum played the guitar at the rally; he died two weeks later from drug use. "My nephew Tommy Gonzalez was sober for 9 months and he agreed to sing and play at the rally. He did a great job and we were really proud of him; two weeks later he received a phone call in the middle of the night, telling him to come and party, and he went," Ms. McCollum said.

      The Monroe Evening News reported that the Monroe County Board of Commissioners was considering a plan to add three new sheriff's deputies. A full discussion on the matter is expected to take place at the board's next meeting on March 4.