Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine calls heroin a statewide epidemic and the drug is also on the rise in our area.
Dewine says state statistics compiled by his office from more than 40 coroners in Ohio suggest heroin related deaths are at an all time high. CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel says that the economy and easier access to the drug are key reasons for the uprise of heroin use in Southeast Ohio.
"If a person goes off their pain medication there is a cheep alternative and folks are gravitating to that direction once they stop, then there is a segment of the population is looking for a way to get the best high," said Carrel
To combat heroin use , Dewine urges grassroots community based efforts to put a stop to its spread, but Carrel says that he thinks his plan needs work.
" I agree with as far as his plans goes I think it's a good plan," said Carrel. "It falls short. It is all on the legal side of the problem, it's not on the treatment, recovery and support people who need to get off of these drugs. "
Carrel hopes to have a one on one sit down with Dewine or a member of his staff to come up with a more comprehensive strategy to rid Ohio of its drug problem. If you or a family member is struggling with addiction feel free to contact Muskingum Behavioral Health at 740-454-1266.