60 Minutes Sheds Light on Heroin Epidemic in Ohio

Today, on 60 minutes, the segment, “Heroin in the Heartland,” will shed some light on the growing heroin epidemic residents of Ohio face on a daily basis.

Heroin overdoses have skyrocketed in the past few years with a record 1,777 of the 2,482 drug-related deaths involving heroin. Many addicts have turned to as a cheaper and more available alternative to prescription pain pills.

The “60 Minutes” segment includes an interview with Attorney General Mike DeWine, who told correspondent Bill Whittaker that it’s the worst drug epidemic he’s seen in his lifetime.

“Anybody watching today, this show– it could be your family,” DeWine said in the interview. “There’s no typical person. It just has permeated every segment of society in Ohio.”

The show also features Hannah Morris, a college student from the middle-class Columbus suburb of Worthington who got addicted to heroin in high school after smoking it at parties.

“And you’re like, I want that again… A syringe. I would have it in my purse, all ready to go,” she said.

 

In Response: Matthew Steiner, CEO of Addicted Minds Treatment Directory

I am surprised even shocked when I hear that people are still in the dark about the dangers our children face everyday at home with older siblings and at school when surrounded by their peers. Our sons or daughters can go to school drug free and come home addicted to heroin. What is even more frightening is that this is not an exaggeration. Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs. A person could use heroin 1-2 times and already start to develop the habit or the physical need for more. This problem we are all seeing and hearing about today in the news has been going on now for the past 20-30 years right under our noses. In fact, when I was 18 years old, I snorted heroin for the first time. I was living in Middletown, New Jersey at the time and going to Narcotics Anonymous. I met a group of heroin addicts who decided to use again. At the time, I was curious and not serious about getting or staying clean so I went along. I even asked to be shot up and I thank God even today, one of the guys refused to share his needle. For me, after snorting it, I knew how strong this drug really was. I made sure I did not use it for more than a day or two and never in a row. I did not want to become a “junkie.” I did not want something controlling my every move. I did not want to need something to just get out of bed. I did not want to be physically sick. I suppose at the time, fear and hope kept me off heroin. However, fear did not keep me from using other drugs and drinking for the next two decades. If we are going to keep our kids off drugs, we need to put a tighter leash on pharmaceutical companies, especially those manufacturing addictive pain medications. We need to hold our doctors more accountable and as parents, we need to be more involved in our children’s lives. As a society, we are slowly moving in the wrong direction. We are leading people to believe a pill, a joint, a needle can bring us some form of happiness. Less and less are we enjoying the simple things in life. When is the last time everyone sat down at the dinner table to share a meal. When is the last time, you told your boss you can’t work because your son or daughter has a baseball or softball game this weekend. When is the last time…I am guilty of this myself”