“Stand Against Addiction” Music Festival targets heroin addiciton

Combating a heroin problem in the Miami Valley (WDTN Photo)

PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – The arts brought together the Piqua community Saturday to take a stand against heroin.

In recent years, the community has face serious drug problems; now, people are tackling the issue head on.

Music, a powerful and universal tool to many, was the drawing point for the community.

2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé asked the lead organizer if music; however, can stop a heroin epidemic?

Jey Roman, CEO of Alliance Records and lead organizer, believes the “Stand Against Addiction” Music Festival will start the cure.

But he admits, the drug’s easy access and its addictive nature makes it harder to eliminate from Piqua.

“It’s–it’s the most successful drug out right now, you know. It went from crack, cocaine to heroin so everything goes in cycles and this is the heroin cycle right now,” Roman explained.

It’s a cycle that’s killed 900 people in the last year, according to Ohio Attorney General Office.

The organizes and event goers understand that their community has fallen victim to the drug.

It’s why they wore T-shirts stamping out the drug.

They also teamed up with organizations like the Miami County Recovery Council and with law enforcement.

Piqua Police Chief Bruce Jamison says he’s involved because the drug is overpowering his streets.

“Oh it’s– we’ve had it for 5 or 6 years. We started losing people to heroin. I was just amazed when I first came in as chief that we were losing to people to heroin. I thought of it as a big city– junkies in alleys in New York City or something, but these are friends and relatives of our kids that we’ve raised in our community that are dying with needles in their arm,” said Jamison.

Roman agrees with the police chief.

He says all, young and old, are being affected, but he believes those addicted need a source of relief.

All proceeds Saturday night went to the Miami County Recovery Council, in hopes of aiding the effort to help addicts.

Roman says no matter how much was raised, his one goal is to save one life or to stop one child from touching heroin.

He believes that’s a goal that was met.

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