Local, state and federal agencies came together Friday morning to present the dangers of heroin to thousands of students in Kettering.
Students were shown the film “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict” — which shows the truth about opioid addiction.
Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, said while law enforcement is not winning the drug war, they are making progress.
“Officers and agents have seized over $100,000 worth of drug proceeds,” Glassman said. “They have taken off the streets over 35 kilograms of heroin, and over 10 kilograms of fentanyl.”
More than 2,000 Kettering Fairmont High School students watched the nearly hour-long movie that presents raw, and at times the disturbing, truth about opioid addiction.
“We here in Kettering feel it’s imperative that schools step up and actively partner with law enforcement agencies,” Kettering Superintendent Scott Inskeep said.
This week is National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week. Glassman said heroin is a problem that will take a three-pronged approach.
“We will need to have prevention, we will need to have enforcement and we will need to have treatment,” Glassman said.
A year ago, law enforcement in southwest Ohio received $250,000 from the National Heroin Initiative to support officers and technology to investigate heroin and opiate trafficking crimes.