Heroin is becoming an increasing problem in Ohio. Statistics suggest that the total number of heroin overdoses in this state have doubled from 2010 to 2012 and are not expected to slow down. This is in large part attributed to the fact that heroin is cheap, readily available and highly addictive.
11 Ohio residents die every week because of a heroin overdose.
To combat this growing problem, Attorney General Mike DeWine recently announced that his office is creating a specialized drug unit focused entirely on fighting heroin. DeWine admitted that these efforts alone would not be enough to completely eradicate Ohio's heroin epidemic, but would hopefully save some lives and prevent continuing addiction.
Heroin is no longer restricted to the crowded city center, but has infiltrated the suburbs. Attorney General DeWine says that in some Ohio suburbs, heroin can be easier to get a hold of than beer.
A specific type of heroin that we've discussed in previous blogs is black tar heroin. Officials believe that the bulk of Ohio's heroin supply, including this specific type of heroin, is coming directly from Mexican drug cartels. Because of its centralized location in the Midwest, the cartels have targeted Ohio for sale and distribution.
80-90% of all crime in Ohio can be connected to heroin.
Law enforcement efforts, such as DeWine's recently-announced heroin unit, together with more effective rehabilitation methods are essential to combat Ohio's growing problem with heroin. At Koffel Brininger Nesbitt, we are strong advocates for rehabilitative sentencing, which is often effective in preventing repeat offenses.
If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a heroin offense, please don't hesitate to contact Koffel Brininger Nesbitt. Our team of Columbus criminal defense lawyers always fight for our client's best interests.