September 30, 2014

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Lakeview Park hosts anti-heroin rally today

A rally to raise awareness of the heroin epidemic is set for Aug. 2 at Lakeview Park, 1800 W. Erie Ave., in Lorain at 6 p.m.

Speakers Lorie Pinero, whose daughter Tera died of a heroin overdose in January, will speak at the event along with others including representatives from Surviving Our Loss and Continuing Everyday, Let’s Get Real Inc., and other members of the community involved in the fight against heroin.

Pinero said current and former drug addicts will give testimonials along with other family members who have lost loved ones.
There will also be counselors on hand and resources for those seeking help.

For Pinero, who has lost one daughter and has another addicted, the heroin epidemic is something of which people need to be reminded and something that the community must fight back against.

“I want to bring awareness to this,” Pinero said. “I understand what this does to families.”

Pinero helped organize the first successful rally at Lorain City Hall in June involving 100 people and she hopes the rallies continue to grow.


  • Patty Siniard Doman

    We must get Heroin out of our community .

    • Phil Blank

      They’ve been trying that for thd 60 years I’ve lived here, so I sure they already know this.
      The parents need to work on their children earlier, warning them about the dangers drug use.

      • Reagan

        Some kids have grown up watching their parents using drugs and the kids follow in their foot steps.

        • Phil Blank

          There is the answer!
          As soon as someone is caught, sterilize them!
          No more children and the onces you have are taken away.

  • oldruss

    Who is it that forces all these kids to start using heroin? Just because it’s “available” and is “for sale” and “everybody is doing it”, with all the publicity about addiction and deaths from using, shouldn’t everyone be aware of the down side of using? Maybe addiction is instantaneous AFTER one shoots up even just the first time; but why shoot up at all?

    • Reagan

      Most heroin addicts start out by either snorting or smoking this drug. Shooting up comes later.

      • oldruss

        And that makes it less addictive, less deadly, less stupid?

        • Reagan

          No to none of the above. Just pointing out addicts don’t start out by shooting up.

          • oldruss

            Fair enough.

  • Patty Siniard Doman

    It usually starts as an opiate addiction ,and when that becomes too costly or hard to find it moves on to heroin ,most schools have dare programs ,sadly our youth are falling victim to this demon drug .

    • oldruss

      But regardless of how “it” starts, some even say that smoking marijuana “leads” to heroin use, or cocaine, or meth, or some equally debilitating, habit-forming, substance, is not all drug use voluntary? “Our youth” are not “falling victim to this demon drug,” because they are forced into using, are they?

      • SniperFire

        Personal responsibility and moral failure are ignored as they seek to blame some other pretended demon.

      • Razorback Twou

        Hey russ ever have a drink? Alcohol is a drug also.

        • HankKwah

          The majority of people that drink alcohol for the first time very rarely become alcoholics.

        • oldruss

          Why trivialize this? In an article in today’s (Sunday’s) Chronicle-Telegram it’s stated that more than 60 deaths from heroin overdoses happened in 2012 and also in 2013, and that more than 30 deaths have occurred already in 2014.

    • Patty Siniard Doman

      Adfiction is a disease ,and yes heroin is a demon drug .

      • SniperFire

        ‘Adfiction is a disease’

        Nonsense. That is just what people say who don’t want to blame it on the moral failure and lack of personal responsibility that the conscious choice of injecting drugs really is. And by not holding anybody accountable, you have an easier time expecting somebody else to pay for it.

        • B4CE

          Says someone that obviously has not had an addiction

          • SniperFire

            Smoked cigs for many years. My fault.

            My bad choice. Get it? As a liberal, you just cannot permit yourself to admit the truth.

          • B4CE

            Congratulations on giving up the smokes. Iv heard its tough. Cigs and heroin however, are not in the same category
            As a conservative, I wouldn’t expect you to have any empathy for those caught in this deadly addiction.

          • SniperFire

            You are deflecting. Nobody is talking about ‘empathy.’ We are talking about your dishonest attempt to label addiction as a ‘disease’ and absolve users of personal responsibility.

            See, if a person snorts Drano, this is not the the fault of the evil demon Drano. It is all on the doper and their enablers such as yourself.

          • Razorback Twou

            The AMA has classified addiction as a disease, it is progressive and ends in death. I’ll side with the professionals on this.

          • SniperFire

            ‘The AMA has classified addiction as a disease’

            Easy for them to say. They get paid more insurance and welfare dollars that way.

          • Victoria Villanueva

            I agree! Although Cig addiction is hard, it’s no where near as hard as heroin the withdrawal is even deadly nd is another reason a lot of addicts commit suicide..

        • Victoria Villanueva

          I assume you had addiction problem right? Sounds to me you must not..nor know 1st hand what it’s like..

  • GreatRedeemer

    The medical community has long been a partial culprit in
    this abusive outcome, not by intent but rather by trying to relieve symptoms with
    prescription drugs. Look at how often they were prescribed, look at Michael Jackson or any number of celebrities. These so called pain clinics that popped up in the south a few years ago. All of this is helping/ helped fuel the epidemic. It’s
    not all just kids in urban cores, its professionals as well.

    Someone becomes addicted to prescription medication, the
    dependency of the drug can cause erratic behavior, especially if the supply is
    cut off or changed. Next thing you know panic and anxiety set in and they need
    a fix. In lieu of a script, they often turn to heroin. While I think
    prescription pain killers are now looked at with a fresh viewpoint by Doctors,
    the crisis is real and everyday people’s lives are being destroyed.

    • SpaceTech

      “In lieu of a script, they often turn to heroin”
      They obviously know by this point that they have a problem–they then make another bad decision to turn to heroin instead of turning to a doctor or clinic to help them with their addiction.
      This again is where personal choices come into play by making more bad decisions!
      Many of these people go to jail and guess what No heroin in jail and they survive—12 months later when they get out–all of a sudden they have to have heroin again–another bad decision.
      Wash, Rinse, Repeat!

  • elvis

    substance abuse/dependency has been with us forever as a small percentage of the population is prone to it call it a weakness, a disease, call it what you will, there is some evidence that some suffer a genetic predisposition to addiction.

    other than total abstinence from mind altering substances, no amount of education and or demonetization will prevent those prone from the pitfalls of addiction.

    In an effort to confront and contain that minority, we have lost some civil liberties, and allow a multinational cartel too make huge profits, Have you any idea what some of that guns/drugs.war money funds? Its all off the books it would be shocking to many the real reasons behind the drug war.

    • SniperFire

      ‘other than total abstinence from mind altering substances, no amount of education and or demonetization will prevent those prone from the pitfalls of addiction.’

      Hence, the importance of promoting abstinence by education and most importantly – the continued demonetization of illicit drug users and their drugs.

      Do you really think your free-the-drugs approach has not been tried all around the world over the centuries? How about Sweden in the 60′s? Utter disaster.

      Or consider those narcotic-producing nations – who have the longest real experience in dealing with the worst addicts in their societies. They have the MOST severe penalties for possession (including death penalty in many case) – for a reason.

      • elvis

        i am a fifteen year sober ex-abuser, i have worker freely and paid in the field with addicts for years, currently there is methadone and suboxone to act as a crutch with severe addiction and the anti social behavior exhibited with it

        Ideally abstinence is the best approach, realistically i would favor harm reduction with the goal of abstinence

  • SpaceTech

    Instead of current and former drug addicts giving testimonials, how about they give the name of their dealers to the Police and speed this process up!

    • SniperFire

      They won’t because they are permissive and tolerant to the moral fault driving the rapid growth in usage, They pretend it is a ‘disease’ and not a deliberate criminal act.

  • WTFnext

    The woman organizing the rallies should be spending her time getting the daughter that is still alive off of heroin instead of seeking her 15 minutes of fame.. over and over again! Perhaps this was the problem all along? Not enough of her time was spent on her children. We don’t need rallies to tell us about the dangers and the widespread use of heroin. We have the newspapers for that.

    • elvis

      I am quite sure she has tried, the drug becomes your lover and your god, and a mental fixation, until enough tragedy begins to constantly occur, if one is still alive, only then will a change occur

  • Victoria Villanueva

    Gloria Perino is such so inspirational so strong, so wise, nd brave, instead of talking down on those who are addicted to w.e it is think about their families they left behind think about their parents who suffer everyday…Think about the small children who get left behind without their mother or father.The grandparents who have to raise Their grandchildren it’s hard as a child I once had to live with my grandparents & to say the least it hurts nd depression hurts, addiction hurts.. excuse me for saying this but I HATE reading all the Negative comments about addiction & especially coming from ppl who never had this problem I hate seeing comments or hearing people say “THEY COULD STOP IF THEY WANT TO” “It’s all in their head” well it’s not easy it’s not just in the mind addiction hurts it’s real & the pain us real… People also need to stop talking so negative & putting them down, But we should only encourage them to get help, encourage them to be open nd honest about it, to teach them to believe in them selves.. To ignore it Is only killing you.. but to face it nd talk about it is only saving you little by little..Praying for all those Suffering & involved with this ugly addiction, it’s scary, it’s real, the pain is real, your not alone, stand up and believe in your self start with realizing addiction..

    • Victoria Villanueva

      Meant Lori Pinero*

    • SniperFire

      ‘ I HATE reading all the Negative comments about addiction’

      Yeah, well we hate all the crime, death moral decay and societal destruction caused by the complete losers who choose to shoot junk in their veins. Your demand for happy thoughts – that is your PERMISSIVENESS regarding the behavior and your willingness to absolve the dope fiends of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY – does nothing but sugarcoat and grow the problem.

      Treat the users like the scourge to society that they are. It is the best way, as proved by the harsh penalties found in the producer-nations for this dangerous dope. They have dealt with the problem for centuries.