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Records are being set in the Miami Valley for heroin deaths with shocking incidents in very public places. But what is being done to put an end to this dangerous trend?
Heroin deaths and overdoses are on the rise in the Miami Valley and the need for users to get high, is putting you in danger. We've learned that many addicts are coming to our area to buy Heroin and overdosing or dying in public, before they can return home.
"We've had over 100 deaths strictly from Heroin and Heroin Fentanyl," said Ken Betz, of the Montgomery County Coroner-Crime lab.
Betz said Montgomery County is on pace to set a record for heroin-related deaths. There were 220 in 2013. Those using pure Fentanyl is also on the rise.
"These folks died instantly. We see them routinely with the syringe still sticking in their arm because of the potency of the Fentanyl," Betz said.
For many Heroin users, the need to get high quickly is taking them to public places.
"We have a very big problem area at 35 and Orchard at the Marathon Station," said Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer.
Since January of this year, deputies have been called to the Circle K Marathon seven times because of an overdose.
"We just had a girl shoot up in the bathroom, " said one employee in a 9-1-1 call.
"There's blood all in my sick and on my floor," said another caller.
Four of the 9-1-1 calls made by employees involved people from Southeast Ohio who had come to Dayton to buy Heroin and overdosed before they could get home. Paramedics saved all four victims. Sheriff Fischer believes they stopped at the gas station because it was convenient.
"I can only surprise they are eastbound. Turn right, shoot up and drive on home," Fischer said.
The recent overdoses at the Circle K have given U.S. 35 a very unflattering nickname.
"There are some people who call it the "Heroin Highway," said Fischer.
Law enforcement officers are seeing similar problems along I-70 and I-75 through the Miami Valley. In addition to creating a bio-hazard in a public place, these heroin users ofter get back behind the wheel and put other drivers in danger.