Wood County Sheriff Mark
Wasylyshyn says heroin is in every community and every school district, and the
Ohio Governor and Attorney General are trying to stop the spread of the drug in
Sheriff Wasylyshyn, along
with several other members of law enforcement and representatives from 40
school districts, attended a work session at the "Protecting Ohio's Families"
The summit was led by
Governor John Kasich and State Attorney General Mike DeWine in an effort to
teach about the growing heroin epidemic, as well as how to prevent it.
Sheriff Wasylyshyn says
they also heard heartbreaking stories from parents who lost a child to a heroin
One note the Sheriff took
away from drug-prevention experts is that heroin has become so cheap, one hit
costs about the same as a $10 pizza, and it can be delivered right to your kid's
"There are statistics out
there saying that if parents would just spend 5 to 10 minutes talking to their
children about the dangers of drugs, there is a 50 percent less chance that
their child is going to the drugs," Sheriff Wasylyshyn said. "That's really, really powerful."
Tom Hosler invited the Sheriff to the Summit.
They're working together to make sure heroin doesn't gain a foothold in
The sheriff thinks Wood
County is ahead of the curve with its drug prevention programs, but said much
more must be done, and drug-free students need to speak out against it.