The Heroin Epidemic's Impact on Children
In early September, police in East Liverpool, Ohio, posted a photo of a 4-year-old boy in the backseat of a car while his grandmother and her boyfriend were passed out in the front, unconscious from an apparent heroin overdose. The photo was posted to shed light on how the heroin and opioid epidemic is impacting children in that northeastern Ohio city. East Liverpool is not alone. And as the number of overdoses in Ohio increases, social service agencies and addiction recovery centers are stepping up efforts to help the children left behind.
- Brian Allen, Director of Public Service and Safety, City of East Liverpool
- Jerry Moe, National Director of Children's Program, Betty Ford Center
- Emily Green, Associate Director of Intake, Franklin County Children Services
- Sarah Niemeyer, Clinical Director, Amethyst Inc.