Stories tagged with: Heroin

February 11, 2015 - 10:10am
6 weeks 6 days ago

A state report on drug abuse shows heroin remains popular and widely available across most of Ohio. 

A drug expert from Muskingum Behavioral Health said the trend towards heroin started in our area two years ago replacing marijuana in popularity. 

"We're seeing it more in the treatment program, but we're also hearing more about it more and more in the community," said Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel. "I sit around the table...

July 1, 2014 - 6:26pm
38 weeks 6 days ago

Drug addiction, particularly with heroin and prescription opioids, has been rapidly on the rise since the 1990s.

On Monday, Ohio judges, law enforcement officials, attorneys and behavioral health experts met at the Ohio Judicial Symposium on Opiate addiction to discuss the growing problem.  Steve Carrel with Muskingum Behavioral Health said the issue is also on the rise here in Muskingum County where usage is as bad as it's ever been.

"I've never seen the number of...

April 8, 2014 - 11:28am
51 weeks 3 hours ago

A fast growing drug epidemic takes hold of the country and the State of Ohio.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office reported that in 2012 there were over six hundred heroin related deaths in the state. One expert said it's one of the fastest growing drugs and it's not the stereotypical user taking part. These users are educated professionals.

"One large group of people are people who've been prescribed painkillers and when they get to the end of their treatment with painkillers...

March 28, 2014 - 6:07pm
1 year 3 days ago

Perry County Sheriff William R. Barker announces the indictment of three New Lexington residents involved in a large scale heroin trafficking operation.

On Tuesday, a Perry County Grand Jury indicted 27- year- old Chelsie Maddux, 31- year- old Timothy Harris and 46- year-old Laura Hynus for their involvement in distributing more than 680 grams of heroin since 2012.

"That's equivalent to about one and a half pounds, if people are trying to equate some size to that its about a...

February 6, 2014 - 11:41am
1 year 7 weeks ago

Broadway's mighty marquee lights dimmed, Wednesday, to honor a celebrated actor's love of every stage.

46-year-old Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away Sunday. He was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment with a syringe in his arm. He's suspected of dying from a heroin overdose.

His death draws attention to the dangers of this drug, which in the last five years has seen its use double in the US.

"They enjoy it so much that a lot of folks from the first time they...

January 7, 2014 - 7:30pm
1 year 11 weeks ago

Following a summit in November discussing the heroin epidemic in the state, a community action plan has been put in place. The summit was held in Cleveland to educate the public about the dangers of using heroin and to create a plan to combat the growing problem. Some of the solutions include focusing on treatment, improved data sharing, and an increase in funding.

"A lot of times treatment gets left out of the mix when we're talking about drug addiction," explained...

November 18, 2013 - 5:25pm
1 year 19 weeks ago

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...

July 23, 2013 - 4:39pm
1 year 35 weeks ago

 The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network studies drug trends throughout Ohio and they've released their January 2013 report of drug abuse trends in the 16 county Athens region. The study found that a cheaper version of heroin called, "black tar heroin" is on the rise.

"It's less pure, it's got more impurities in it," said CEO of the Muskingum Behavorial Health Center, Steve Carrel. "It's just more a way of classifying it it you will. It looks like...

July 17, 2012 - 8:28pm
2 years 36 weeks ago

The Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force says it has three men under arrest who are responsible for distributing large amounts of heroin in Perry County.

With assistance from the Columbus Police Department's Strategic Response Bureau around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon the men were taken into custody at the Stelzer Market in Columbus.

Authorities say a surveillance team followed 34-year-old James Ratliff Junior of New Lexington from Perry County to Columbus. They say Ratliff...

February 8, 2011 - 6:25am
4 years 7 weeks ago

The Perry County Sheriff's Office said they've made three arrests in a New Straitsville drug bust.

Members of the Central Ohio Drug Task Force along with sheriff's deputies executed a search a 202 1/2 Clark Street in the village during an investigation involving the trafficking and transportation of heroin in front of children.

The names of the three arrested aren't being released until formal charges are filed.

Agents seized heroin, currency, drug paraphernalia and a motor...

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