May 3, 2016

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Lorain County coroner: We lost the War on Drugs

AVON LAKE — Nancy Krasienko knows the agony that comes with watching a loved one spiral out of control as  heroin addiction consumes them. The Lorain resident watched her daughter Megan Wheeler go from a happy kid with good grades to someone who stole, lied and did anything she could to feed her heroin habit. Read More…

Medina County man charged in overdose death

ELYRIA — A Liverpool Township man is facing involuntary manslaughter and other charges stemming from a fatal overdose at a North Ridgeville hotel earlier this year. Kevin Dentz, 34, also is charged with corrupting another with drugs and two counts of trafficking in drugs. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said after the victim overdosed on Read More…

Dangerous new drugs on streets

Two dangerous new strains of narcotics have been discovered in Lorain County within the past two weeks. Lorain County Chiefs Law Enforcement Association President Duane Whitely, Elyria’s police chief, said the dangerous narcotics have been found in cases from Amherst, Elyria and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. “The community has been made aware of the Read More…

Suspected dealer faces manslaughter charge in OD death

LORAIN — A suspected drug dealer is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge for allegedly selling the heroin that led to a fatal overdose earlier this month. Christopher Lindner, 52, is also charged with corrupting another with drugs in connection with the death of 53-year-old Charles Everett, according to a news release from Lorain police. Police Read More…

Inmates across America are learning how to use heroin overdose antidote

DENVER — When he was a teenager, Lee Gonzales could not save his uncle from a heroin overdose. Now he worries that the same drug could kill him after he gets out of jail. As Gonzales remembers, he had rousted his uncle from previous heroin stupors by propping him up and splashing water on his Read More…

Opioid antidote available for free from county health department

The life-saving drug naloxone, brand name Narcan, will be available for free to Lorain County residents to administer in the event of an opioid overdose. With use of heroin and other opioid drugs on the rise in Lorain County, officials are looking to prevent deaths by making the medication available to more parents, loved ones Read More…

Joint operation between Lorain, Elyria police yield arrests

ELYRIA — Narcotics detectives from Lorain and Elyria police searched multiple homes and arrested multiple people in a series of raids around 7 a.m. today. According to a statement from the city of Elyria, the targets were high-level dealers selling cocaine and heroin in Lorain County. Multiple arrests were arrested, and police indicate more arrests Read More…

3 deaths, 5 arrests in 2 weeks

ELYRIA — Police are investigation three deaths resulting from drug overdoses from Feb. 19 through Wednesday. During the same time period, Elyria police responded to 14 drug overdoses, including the three deaths. A fourth person is in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. The investigation stems from officers responding to the overdose incidents Read More…

Lorain County residents of all ages feel the pain of heroin’s blight

ELYRIA — “Sending Letters of Love” was always more than just a class project for Kalle Howell, a 17-year-old student at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School. For weeks, Kalle and other students in the school’s early childhood education program worked to raise awareness about heroin addiction in Lorain County. The plan was to donate Read More…

Heroin bill moves forward

A bill that will address Ohio’s heroin epidemic passed the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday and will go to a vote in the full Senate. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, said it is the only bipartisan and comprehensive bill moving forward in the Senate that will provide several incentives and resources encouraging states and local Read More…