LORAIN COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - It is no secret that heroin abuse has reached epidemic levels all across Ohio, and no where is it more pronounced than in Lorain County.
Thursday another effort began to stop the flow of the drug and the deaths it causes.
Children playing in a creek found needles in a soap bottle in Vermilion.
Plus a series of home break-ins in Amherst, all thought to be the work of people trying to get money for heroin. Police made two arrests in that case.
And in Lorain police are still trying to raced to find who was supplying a bad batch of heroin that resulted in at least four people dying in one weekend.
So far seven people have been arrested. They are Stacy Jo Norris, Pamela Pearson, Wayne Delorence Norris, Amber Nichole Zajac, Tyshun Washington, George Anthony Seymore and Robert Edward Young. Police are saying enough is enough.
The demand for heroin is thought to be fueled by young people first using prescription medications of their parents that are left in medicine cabinets. When that supply is gone they turn to the cheaper and increasingly deadly alternative -- heroin.
Heroin abuse is certainly not limited to Lorain or any other area but officials say the effort that started there is one they hope will likely spread, faster that the heroin epidemic.