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Ohio Governor, Attorney General teach school leaders at Heroin Summit

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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 our state.

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" Heroin Summit.

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 overdose.

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 front door.

"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."

Perrysburg Superintendent Tom Hosler invited the Sheriff to the Summit.  They're working together to make sure heroin doesn't gain a foothold in the schools.

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.

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