Police: Heroin Problem Growing In Worthington

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Police said that they met with the community to encourage an honest discussion about heroin use in the community on Tuesday.

Worthington Police Officer Shawn Dysert said that he wanted to bring people together to stop the problem, 10TV’s Tanisha Mallett reported.

“I’m tired of seeing out kids sick, I’m tired of seeing our residents sick, I’m tired of seeing our parents sick,” Dysert said.

Tracy Ritter-Prince knows the pain drug abuse can bring to families very well.

She said that things began to unravel for Ritter-Prince’s 17-year-old son after one of his classmates suddenly passed away.

“His pain became very strong,” Ritter-Prince said. “We were not aware of it and he self-medicated and that is when alcohol came in.

She said that the signs were obvious.

“He was asking for Oxycotin and pain pills from his friends, he was really struggling,” Ritter-Prince said.

Ritter-Prince said that her son started to lose friends at school. She said that she is positive heroin would have been his next drug of choice had he not received help.

Ritter-Prince shared her son’s story on Tuesday, in hopes that others would learn a lesson.

“You can put posters up all day long but unless we teach each other how to look out for each other it doesn’t matter,” Dysert said.

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