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Drugged Drivers a Growing Problem in the Miami Valley
DAYTON -- Every day, someone dies in the Miami Valley from a heroin overdose. The Miami Valley is one of many communities around the region dealing with a heroin epidemic. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer says 70 percent of their daily calls involve heroin and it's not just a Dayton problem.
Many who are using heroin are coming from all over the Miami Valley to find the drug and as they make their way to the area, they are putting other drivers around them at risk. Nelson and Ty Stone lost their son to a drugged driver. Ricky Risden, 30, had just gotten high on heroin when he hit their son, 19-year-old Steven Smith, seven years ago.
The Stones are pushing for tougher penalties for drugged drivers. Sheriff Plummer says the key to fighting the problem is education. He says parents, friends and family have to stop the person from ever trying heroin. He says statistics show if a person tries it one time, they become hooked.
Plummer says anyone wanting to find resources to help someone addicted or just get information can go to mcdrugfree.org.
The Stones say every day is a challenge as they struggle with the fact their son is never coming home. They say this time of year is the toughest since it's right around the anniversary of the accident.
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