Former heroin addict salutes new task force

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

MONTGOMERY COUTNY, Ohio (WDTN) – Authorities on a new area task force are working to hire a full time sergeant, they plan on fully kicking off in a week.

The DEA launched the task force last week in an effort to wipe out the heroin problem in our community.

A former heroin addict told told 2 NEWS she’s hopeful the new effort will clean up our streets.

Dayton resident Heather Teeters says she met the wrong people, introducing her to a world of drugs.

“Its hard because, I mean it tore my life apart, i lost everything, i was in a homeless shelter, I lost my kids….I hit rock bottom” explains Heather Teeters, a Dayton area resident.

Heather tried heroin and was in and out of jail. when her son was born addicted to heroin, she decided to change her life.

“He was the best thing that happened to me, if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I’m at” says Teeters.

Heather has hit a milestone May 20.  She’s one year clean.

The heroin task force plans on handling overdoses as homicides instead of “accidental” deaths, hoping to track down dealers.

“Through a bunch of efforts here locally we’re coming up with strategies that are working” says Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer.

This January and February combined the Sheriff’s Office has seen 25 heroin overdose deaths, Sheriff Plummer says the numbers are down compared to last year at this time.

“If that trend continues, we’ll have 150 this year, we had 264 last year, so we’re off to a good start” says Sheriff Plummer.

As for Heather, she says heroin addicts need help, not jail time and she’s happy officials will be working harder to keep our streets clean.

“I think its a great way to go about it, I really do, there is toio many people losing their lives and the dealers are the ones selling this stuff” says Teeters.

Heather has three kids, she has full custody of her son and she’s working to get full custody of her 2 daughters.

She plans on becoming a rehab counselor.

Sheriff Plummer says there is help out there and if you know of any heroin dealers to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Range Task Force.

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