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...
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...