Stories tagged with: Heroin

May 1, 2015 - 4:49pm
12 weeks 6 days ago

The State Department of Health says a record number of Ohio residents have died from heroin related overdoses in the year 2013.

983 people died in 2013 as compared to 690 in 2012. Fatal heroin overdoses are a problem here in Muskinugm County too. Muskingum Behavioral Health CEO, Steve Carrel told us more.

"Well according to the statistics that were released by the Department of Health, there were 10. Which is low compared to other counties, but a heroin overdose is not...

April 10, 2015 - 3:29pm
15 weeks 6 days ago

Two people in Coshocton are facing drug charges after detectives executed a search warrant Thursday.

According to the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office, around 11a.m. Thursday detectives searched a home in the 200 block of North 3rd Street in Coshocton. Detectives seized firearms and large amounts of drugs and cash from the home.  Bernardo Leyva, 65, and Yvonne McDaniel, 43, both from the Coshocton area, were taken into custody and charged with Trafficking in Heroin, a first...

February 11, 2015 - 10:10am
24 weeks 1 day 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
1 year 4 weeks 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
1 year 16 weeks 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 17 weeks 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 24 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 29 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 36 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
2 years 1 week 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...

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