“In reality, I think physicians are where a lot of this starts. People start their addiction with surgery, and then they’re over-prescribed with pain medication,” Daugherty said.
Some people were passing out information for a new center called State Line Treatment Services , which treats people for addiction to heroin and pain medications. The phone number is (513) 367-4444.
“We’ve lost a sister to heroin, and we have nieces nephews that are addicted to heroin,” said Brenda Kemper of Fairfield Twp. “There’s a huge problem, and until somebody really admits it or looks into it, we’re going to continue to lose these kids right and left. This year alone, we have known somewhere between seven and eight deaths — us personally.”
And the drug addiction itself is hardly the only problem, she said.
“Not only do you have the heroin, but then you have the effect of the crime, because they’re stealing right and left to support their habit,” Kemper said.
Often, merely acknowledging the problem is a good first step, she added.
“You talk to people and they don’t want to admit it. But once you sit down and you say ‘I’ve lost family members,’ they’ll say ‘Oh I do too.’ It’s almost like it’s behind closed doors. We’re standing here today admitting that we’ve known people,”said Kemper.