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Heroin Problems in Preble County
PREBLE COUNTY -- It's deadly, highly addictive and incredibly cheap. Heroin is a huge concern in many of our communities, and in Preble County it is the biggest drug law enforcement is battling right now.
"Woke up 7 days later strapped to the bed, but I kind of went through some horrible times there, recalled Logan Pence who is one of the lucky ones who lived to tell about his near deadly addiction to drugs and alcohol. He says he still fights the urge.
"I did everything. They'd ask me what my drug of choice was and I would ask them what did they have?"
Now he counsels people trying to overcome addiction at the Marie Dwyer Recovery Center in Preble County. Pence says about 75 percent of the people who come in for their 12 step rehab -- are addicted to heroin.
"Heroin is an epidemic right now."
"It's very easy to get, it's cheap. You know, 10 or 15 dollars a cap, said Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson, explaining it is their biggest drug issue - even surpassing Meth. About 30 percent of the people in his jail at a given time are addicted, costing all of us.
"Not only is it adding up for the guys on the street but the jail staff sees it, the medical staff sees it, and the taxpayers are paying for all of this.
Getting at the heart of the problem is the dealers. A big bust in 2012 was worth $1.2 million.
That drives a lot of our property crimes that occur out here, people stealing so they can pay for that addiction to heroin, explained Sheriff Simpson.
It is an addiction you can conquer if you want to, Pence says. He's 32 years of living proof you can.
"Life is good today and it can be for them if they choose to do the work that it takes."
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