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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The heroin epidemic in Ohio now kills one person in the state every five hours and kills more people each year than car accidents do.
All this week on FOX 8 News at 6, I-Team Reporter Bill Sheil examines the growth of the epidemic and what can be done to stem the deadly tide.
The I-Team first reported on the trend three years ago, tracing the epidemic to its southern Ohio roots and showing how it started primarily with legal prescriptions to opiates — heroin’s legal cousins with names such as Oxycodone and Oxycontin.
Ed Hughes, who runs the Counseling Center in Portsmouth in southern Ohio, says the epidemic “started between pharmaceutical companies and some primary care physicians.”
This week, the I-Team will show you how the epidemic has…
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