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DAYTON -- Philip Seymour Hoffman's death focused media attention on the nationwide surge in heroin use and overdoses. Here in the Miami Valley, the crisis is already proving to be worse in 2014 than it was last year.
The drug is getting cheaper, easier to find, and more mainstream. Even scarier, fatal mixes are killing some people the first time they try it.
"Were seeing folks with syringes still in their arms and are seeing a very rapid death from these cases," Montgomery County Coroner Director Ken Betz said Wednesday.
Betz says the morgue sees one overdose a day.
A mix of heroin and fentanyl - a powerful synthetic opiate - has claimed 30 lives since December 1st. One dose can kill you.
"A small amount of fentanyl will kill you. If you're used to taking a certain amount of heroin small amount of normal take you over," Betz explained.
The root of heroin addiction has been narrowed down to a dependence on prescription meds the topic of today's drug forum in Springfield.
Even the Clark County Sheriff was shocked to hear there are more than 2 million prescriptions prescribed to folks in the county.
"When people don't need those prescriptions we need to get them destroyed and out of the hands to young people might abuse them or might become addicted to them," Sheriff Kelly said.
These chronic illnesses are not fixed like that. It takes long term commitment.
After six statewide meetings, a committee will be formed to make recommendations for preventing addiction.
If you need a place to get rid of prescription drugs click this link for the closest drug drop box in your area: http://www.mcohio.org/newsdetail1006.html
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