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SPECIAL REPORT: Heroin Deaths, Cases Way Up in Miami Valley
DAYTON -- There are some disappointing numbers about heroin in our communities, and the numbers are rising.
"She just has to get desperate enough... to the bottom enough to want to come back up," said Lori Erion.
The first time you met her, she was heartbroken it had come to her daughter April -- a heroin addict -- being taken away by the authorities. April spent 9 days in jail, and Mom has done her best.
"She thinks she wants help, but when it's available to her, she's not taking that opportunity. My hope is is that she hits her bottom soon before she kills herself."
Accidental heroin overdose deaths are up 20% over last year, and up 50% in the last two years. Denise Rankin is the Assistant Director of the Montgomery County Coroner's Office and crime lab and went over the data with us.
"They reach a tolerance on that particular drug, they need a stronger drug to get the same effect, to get the same high," Rankin said.
That stronger drug is heroin with Fentanyl a deadly concoction the coroner started seeing late last year. Chemists in the lab test at least four cases a day, and now they're even seeing straight Fentanyl.
"People don't know they're getting Fentanyl, and it's so much stronger than heroin. They may just think they're getting heroin or they're getting something different. There's certainly no quality control on the streets," Rankin said.
Lori Erion started a support group called "Families of Addicts." They meet once a week in Huber Heights and it is helping her put her foot down with April, so she is no longer mistakenly enabling her.
"I said, "you know sweetie, I love you, but there's nothing more I can do for you. You know, now you have to do it.'"
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