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The heroin epidemic in Northeast Ohio is among the worst in the country.  People are dying.  It's time to act. 

Creation House will be a treatment and transitional home for women located on the Beyond The Walls Church campus in Elyria, Ohio.  ReCreation Weekend will take place June 24-26 to raise awareness and funds for the project.

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The Epidemic in Northeast Ohio

Suspected Berea Drug Dealer Charged with Selling Fatal Heroin Dose to Lakewood Man

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Berea man was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on charges that he sold the heroin that resulted in the death of a Lakewood man earlier this year. 

Brandon Wagner, 43, is charged with distribution of heroin and using a communication facility to facilitate a felony, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. He is accused of selling a fatal dose of the opiate that killed Cory Cooke. 

Cooke, 23, died from a heroin overdose on March 17, according to the Cuyahoga…

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Heroin's Human Toll: Akron Mom Began Opiate Addiction Following Post-Pregnancy Surgery

AKRON, Ohio — Jessica Canada Holmes started taking painkillers after she had surgery to remove a cyst that developed on her lower back while she was pregnant with her son Carter. 

Her family says it was the first time the Kenmore High School graduate took an opiod. 

Two years later, her sister Savannah Holmes found the 20 year old dead in her bedroom from snorting fentanyl that she thought was heroin. 

"From that point, my life turned upside down," her sister, Savannah Holmes said. "I had a job, and I…

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Prescriptions for Opioids Fall in Ohio, But Addiction Continues to Kill at Alarming Rates

n response to a spiraling overdose crisis, Ohio health regulators enacted urgent reforms in 2012 to limit the amount of opioids prescribed to patients, cutting the number of doses by 11.5 percent over the next three years. 

But the quick results collided with a cold reality: Overdose deaths in the state skyrocketed during that same period. 

Unintentional deaths from opioids jumped 59 percent between 2012 and the end of 2014, state records show. Preliminary data from 2015, while incomplete, indicates the…

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After His Mom's Overdose Death, a Heroin Addict Confronts Recovery in Cleveland

Nicholas DiCillo vividly recalls the day he fell in love with heroin. It's at once a story that binds every moment in his life since then, seven years ago, and yet a story that he feels shouldn't define who he is. This is not an easy line to draw in Northeast Ohio these days. 

"That was the beginning of the end," he says from inside his counselor's white-walled office at Community Assessment Treatment Services (CATS) in Slavic Village. It's April 18, nearly two months after he voluntarily checked in for…

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Police: Lorain Couple Sold Heroin/Fentanyl with Daughter in Backseat

A Lorain couple were arrested May 30 for allegedly selling a mixture of heroin and fentanyl while their 3 ½ year old daughter was in the backseat of their car, according to Lorain police. 

Jaymes Booker, 33, and Brandy Crooks, 31, were arrested after a two-week investigation by the Lorain Police Narcotics Bureau, according to Sgt. Tom Nimon. The pair had been observed allegedly making the sales around Central Park, 2800 Oakdale Ave. in Lorain. 

When police initiated a traffic stop, Crooks attempted to…

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