UPDATE 4/21/2014 4:40 PM
A record number of Ohioans are dying from heroin overdoses.
It's a problem that the attorney general is calling an epidemic and public health crisis.
This fight against heroin is nationwide, but also a very serious problem here in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Law enforcement says it is overwhelming but they are not going to give up.
Both sides of the river say it's a losing battle, but they are not giving up.
The amount of heroin in this area is topping any other drug right now.
The demand is high and the source cities know it.
Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says it's because of the crackdown on pills.
People are turning to heroin because it's easy to get and it's cheaper.
The Major Crimes Task Force is hard at work on multiple cases and the arrests are constant.
It's almost as if they aren't making a dent, just keeping the numbers constant.
In the last year they have had ten overdose fatalities, one as recent as last week.
That's not counting the amount of overdoses they saved with Narcan.
Sheriff Mincks says one thing that is helping them is their intelligence database and the number of people throughout the community that supply them with information.
Of course, Wood County is fighting this same battle.
Fatal drug overdoses are at an all time high in Ohio.
Experts say that is in large part because of heroin.
The latest statistics from 2012 show 680 people died of heroin overdoses and there were nearly 1,300 overdoses all together.
That is a 60 percent increase from 2011, with just over 400 from heroin and over 1,100 all together.
But fatal prescription pain killer overdoses are decreasing for the first time since 2003.
Experts say authorities are targeting pill mills and many addicts are turning to cheaper alternatives like heroin.
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