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Unprecedented measures to fight heroin: Immunity in exchange for drug

Wednesday, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters asked a judge to grant immunity to those turning in carfentanil-laced heroin to the authorities. (WKRC)

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - Wednesday, September 7, was another long night for first responders as they ran on nearly two dozen overdose calls.

In one case in Walnut Hills they had to bring two people back to life. There was a new normal in recent weeks when it came to heroin. What used to be 20 to 25 overdoses a week in Hamilton County has turned into 20 to 25 a day.

It's unprecedented.

It was the reason why leaders in the county asked for, and were granted, an unprecedented measure. People who turn in drugs will not get in trouble.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said, “This year, as of June, we have 177 deaths. If a terrorist came to Cincinnati and blew up a building with that many people, the outrage would be out of control."

Immunity in exchange for killer drugs was the latest attempt to stop the epidemic. There were hundreds of overdoses in the past few weeks. And since July at least eight people have been killed by a drug used to sedate elephants.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said, "We're still going after the predators and dealers strong and hard. What we're trying to do is save lives here."

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