Washington County Battles Heroin Influx

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Authorities in Washington County have worked for months to get prescription drugs under control, but now they're battling a different drug.

Officials are now seeing an influx of heroin in the area. They say it's fairly common for users to switch over to heroin once prescription drug sources are shut down.

Major Mark Warden says the drugs are coming from Columbus, and they're working to stop that trafficking. He also hopes to control the drug problem in the long run by sending a message to the area's youth.

"Our children start out in schools abusing prescription medication. It's peer pressure, and I think as parents and grandparents we can effectively stop that problem by monitoring our medicine cabinet," Major Warden said.

Major Warden is planning visits to local schools to speak about the effects of all types of drugs.

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