Community meeting teaches tough lessons on heroin

Community meeting teaches tough lessons on heroin

FAIRVIEW PARK, OH (WOIO) - Residents in Fairview Park a Heroin Community Meeting Thursday night.

Meetings just like it are being held in several Ohio suburbs so that mothers like Ann Durno can come and learn how to recognize problems in their neighborhoods.

"I came because I am concerned about the whole heroin problem Cleveland is having," Durno said.

This is Heroin Addiction Class 101.

"One out of four people who do heroin will get addicted. You don't have a choice about it," one expert said.

"We can do a whole lot to prevent what is an ultimate controversy in losing someone to addiction."

"Those that sell death need to go to prison. We do what we can to put them away," added a representative from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and eight others just asked for federal dollars to be given to school districts to purchase heroin overdose antidotes.

Naloxone is already carried by police and firefighters in Fairview Park.

Ann Durno says she learned a lot over two hours.

"The personal messages touched my heart about the addiction.  Second, all the resources. I had my phone out checking websites I can look at it and share with my kids. The third thing... I need to talk to my children. I need to talk to them about the addictive qualities and don't start," Durno said.

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