Communities rally to fight back against heroin


HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Some communities are trying to fight back against the scourge of heroin, with rallies, town halls, and social media.

In southwest Ohio's Butler County, heroin deaths are increasing at stunning rates and communities have turned to a task force, town halls, and poster-waving rallies. Some activists are using a northern Kentucky group that formed two years ago as a model.

One activist leader in Butler County says heroin is "a 360-degree problem" that is impacting everyone.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says authorities can't arrest their way out of the problem, and that grassroots and community help is needed.

In St. Louis, authorities say they are seeing signs of progress after three years of educational campaigns. One official says such efforts can save lives.

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