Signs are going up in Hocking County telling drug dealers to stay out.
"It's as easy in this town as going to Speedway, seeing someone you know and they offer you the drug," said recovering addict Jessica Bailey.
Bailey says she was hooked for years. Her drugs of choice were prescription pills and heroin. The technical name is opiates.
"I've lost three of my children to my mother," said Bailey. "I've lived in a tent. I've lived in a car. I've couch surfed."
Bailey told her story to dozens of people at an opiate town hall meeting in Logan Thursday night.
"We're in an area that's high overdose death rates," said 317 Board Deputy Director Bill Dunlap.
The 317 Board and the Hocking County Sheriff's Office are making a big push to tell drug dealers they are not welcome. They are using billboards and yard signs.
"We've had an 85% increase in property crimes because of drugs," said Dunlap.
That's the reason Ralph Welker is taking home a sign. He was robbed by an admitted drug addict.
"They came right in my son's bedroom. Took us six weeks to get him back in his bed to sleep," said Welker. "Seeing kids get wrapped up in it, it's a scary thing."
As Welker sticks the warning sign in his front yard, the town hall group is talking about what's being done to combat the drug problem.
The sheriff added three deputies who focus solely on drug tips. Bailey is in a court program and receives a drug that makes opiates ineffective. She's been clean for a year and is holding a steady job.
"I never thought in a million years I would ever be an addict and walk into a place like that and receive a job and be trusted," said Bailey. "Every day I smile and every day I'm another day sober."
The sheriff's office is hoping the signs will encourage more people to call in and report drug activity.
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