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Heroin's secret passage way: I-70, The devil's in the mile markers

It is becoming no secret to those who live in Wayne County, Indiana and the surrounding areas, that heroin has begun a rapid rise among the career addicts. The overdoses and arrests due to this drug have become staggering, especially among the youth. Youth that would otherwise be playing football or living lives of great promise. The availability in the last 5 to 7 years is being traced to Dayton Ohio. The convenient drive to the Ohio line offers heroin users a large, ongoing source.

“If people think this isn’t their problem, all they need to do is look at the rash of robberies we’ve had in the area"

Heroin has been flowing into Ohio through several different drug trafficking groups, according to the U.S. Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence Center’s annual National Drug Threat Assessment. Mexican drug-trafficking cartel control most of the heroin and use Dayton as a major distribution point for the Midwest. (NDIC

Traffickers can use easy access to I-70 to move drugs east to west to Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, and I-75 to move the drugs north to south from Toledo, Cleveland and Cincinnati in Ohio. (Pal-Item) The economy and the jobless rate have turned to cheaper methods of getting their high. The drug can sell for as much as $25 “a cap” (a plastic capsule) or as low as $5 to $10 “a cap”.

“If people think this isn’t their problem, all they need to do is look at the rash of robberies we’ve had in the area.It is probably a substance-addicted person behind it. I would guess that 90% of crime you can trace back to drugs. Nobody can earn enough money to stay high, so they have to steal to pay for their drugs.” Lt. Jim Branum, Wayne County Drug Task Force.

It should be considered a chemical of mass destruction due to the fact that it literally kills 10 to 25,000 Americans every year,” states Tom Moore, a RPD officer.

Parents of children that have died of overdoses are speaking out to educate other parents in the area. Some parents still don’t know the signs of addiction and what they can do to help their child. “I can assure parents in the community that it is a problem. If parents notice any change in their child’s behavior, they have the right to search their child’s room to look for sign’s of drug use.” Wayne County Sherriff, Matt Strittmatter.

It takes a village to raise a child and our children are in real danger here. If we unite as one and fight this with information and cooperation for the area police and drug task forces, a life maybe saved. Even if that life is in prison, at least there is someone to visit on Sunday’s. Peace

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