Prescription for Pain: Overdose deaths in the Miami Valley

The Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and News Talk Radio WHIO have launched a community service project to raise awareness about the growing prescription drug epidemic in our community. “Prescription for Pain” also examines how the escalating prescription drug abuse problem is fueling a rise in heroin addiction.
  • Addicts tell their stories: 'I enjoyed the feeling the painkillers gave me'
  • Kettering native: 'I did some really horrible things'
  • Dayton police chief: 'The drug of choice is heroin'
  • Doctor: 'The use of drugs changes ... from time to time'
To study the effect prescription drug abuse and misuse is producing, WHIO-TV reporters interviewed those who have abused the drugs, former addicts, experts and law enforcement officers. Our 30-minute prime-time special aired Monday, Oct. 21.
Continuing the discussion about prescription drugs in our community, WHIO radio (1290-AM and 95.7-FM) hosted a one-hour broadcast following WHIO-TV's prime-time special on Oct. 21. Reporters, guests and callers discussed the issue, its roots, its dangers and its effect in the Miami Valley and beyond.