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.
It's no secret that prescription drug abuse plagues many youth throughout the country, but it's now becoming a problem for many senior citizens as well.
Hundreds of thousands of seniors misuse painkillers and prescription drugs, and many are even becoming addicted. Steve Carrel of Muskingum Behavioral Health said the problem is also on the rise right here in the Zanesville area and that the vast majority of drugs taken in on medication take back day come from area seniors.
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...
A piece of legislation makes it way through state government that would provide a drug overdose antidote to friends and family of addicts without risk of prosecution.
The drug Naloxone is a nose spray that goes immediately into the blood stream of the addict, blocking opiate receptors. The drug forces heroin and painkillers from landing and allows the body to process it out.
Fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers are the leading cause of death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes...