'The Capital of the Overdose Epidemic': Geraldo Rivera Investigates Ohio's Opioid Crisis
How Dayton has cut overdose deaths dramatically.
Geraldo Rivera traveled to Montgomery County, Ohio to examine the effects of the opioid crisis and how the community fought back.
Rivera described a tragic cycle in which people often become addicted to prescription painkillers, such as Oxycontin, then move on to heroin and end up overdosing. Many times the drug is laced with fentanyl to make it more powerful.
"Dayton was the capital of the opioid overdose epidemic," Rivera explained, but noted that the area has cut the number dramatically using a variety of measures, including drug treatment centers, police task forces, counseling and education campaigns about fentanyl.
Rivera talked to a 22-year-old woman who is in jail for crimes committed while she was addicted to heroin. He also talked to Sheriff Rob Streck about the crisis and saw firsthand how police are counteracting the threat each day.
"We got sick of seeing our loved ones die. Everybody came together; law enforcement, treatment providers, government agencies, businesses and said 'we're done with this,'" the sheriff explained.
Rivera noted that 72,000 Americans died of overdoses last year, about 14,000 fewer than the number of U.S. casualties during the 12-year Vietnam War.
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