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Drug deaths near double

Jessica Cuffman • Mar 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The main concern: How to keep kids from ever trying illegal substances, and when they do, how to handle it.

Fremont police DARE. Officer Roger Oddo kicked off the night with a short education on what law enforcement officers are seeing in Sandusky County.

Among teens, ecstasy and marijuana aren't uncommon.

Among adults, heroin.

For support finding addiction counseling call the Prevention Partnership of Sandusky County for  information at 419-334-6395 or visit alwayschoosehealth.com.

In 2012, Sandusky County coroner John Wukie said there were 14 drug-related deaths — not counting those caused by motor vehicle collisions that may have been caused by people under the influence.

That's double the number there were in 2011, he said.

Herion use and prescription drug abuse are on the rise everywhere in Ohio, a trend recognized in nearly every community.

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So what's a parent to do?

Panel officials were in agreement: Be engaged in your children's lives.

"My view from the bench has shown me that sometimes, we make this more difficult than it actually is," Sandusky County Juvenile Judge Brad Smith said.

"Parents are oblivious. They feel it couldn't happen to their child," he said. "The kids are making their drug deals in all those technological ways that parents should have access to."

Monitor their cell phones. Check facebook and email.

But what if you're invading their privacy?

"That's nonsense," Smith said. "They're kids. You're the adult. Don't be oblivious to the obvious stuff right in front of you."

And if it happens anyway, for anyone suffering from addiction or with a family member suffering from addiction, while there are limited resources for treatment, there are coalitions in nearly every community to offer support.

Call the Prevention Partnership of Sandusky County for more information, at 419-334-6395 or visit alwayschoosehealth.com.

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