He was the star quarterback, she was the straight-A student – both with very promising futures. Their parents were both working professionals and as a family they lived a very comfortable life in the upper-middle class suburban neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. Though their upbringing set the groundwork for a life of success, the two youth joined the harrowing statistics and lost their lives to the devastating heroin epidemic that is sweeping the heartland state of Ohio.
Home to headquarters of some of America’s favorite companies as well as being a testing ground for new products, Ohio is facing disturbing fatal overdose statistics when it comes to heroin. A recent episode of 60 Minutes revealed 23 people die each week, which works out to about 4 people a day and that doesn’t include the unreported cases. The segment rounded up a small group of parents who, like many silent others, have lost their children to the throes of heroin addiction.
“… it could be your family. There’s no typical person. It just has permeated every segment of society in Ohio.” Mike DeWine, Attorney General of Ohio
A nurse for about 30 years, Tracey Morrison says that the medical industry must bear some responsibility for the heroin problem. Billions of pain medications are being prescribed by doctors in the Buckeye state, a number that roughly translates to 65 pills for every man, woman, and child in Ohio. “I graduated in the 80s. I was a nursing director when we decided to swing the pendulum from not treating pain to treat everybody’s pain. I was a part of that. And at that time, I had no idea that we were addicting people,” Morrison explained.
Most of the parents never saw it coming. Though heroin has lost its stigma as a back-alley inner-city drug, many families choose not to speak out because of the embarrassment and shame that still bears down on a societal level. “Never say, ‘Not my child’,” said Brenda Stewart, who has two sons in recovery. “Because you never know. It could end up being your child.”
If you or a loved one is ready to conquer an addiction to drugs or alcohol, recovery is possible. Whether you live in Ohio or elsewhere, recoveryas.com can give you or your loved one the resources necessary to make a turnaround into lifelong sobriety. Call 1 (877) 968-6283 and we will locate a facility offering the recovery treatments you need, all at no charge to you.
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