Ohio town battles pain pill addiction

It was standing room only at the first Prescription Drug Abuse town hall meeting in the southern Ohio town of Wheelersburg, the Community Common reports. A local drug counselor told the crowd that in 2007, there were between 100-150 people admitted to his center seeking help for opiate addiction. The agency is over 400 in terms of people who are being admitted with an opiate addiction, the article says. According to the county prosecutor, “if your zip code ranks in the top ten of the country for originating OxyContin or oxycodone prescriptions, then you have a criminal enterprise going on in your community.”

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One Response to Ohio town battles pain pill addiction

  1. Miss Lynn says:

    I grew up in Scioto County, Ohio. About 7 minutes from Wheelersburg. The county is fighting a HUGE battle. HUGE. My family, as most families in that county, has been plagued by this terrible drug and all drugs like it. Just last week, my own cousin, whom I haven’t seen in 12 years due to addiction, was responsible for helping plan a robbery that resulted in the deaths of 2 people RIGHT IN FRONT of an 8 year old little girl. It’s just terrible for everyone. It truly is. Christy used to be a normal girl, from a good family. But that was LONG, LONG ago. We lost her because she lost herself. Now she faces the death penalty.


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