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Village asks for help in fighting heroin epidemic

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- Standing in the Old Market Street School theatre, New Richmond police Chief Randy Harvey told residents he was getting beat up after doing everything he could on a local level.

He was trying to fight the heroin epidemic,  but was coming up short.

"It's a huge issue in every community in every area. It's not something that is unique to New Richmond," said Danielle Smoot, outreach coordinator.

The New Richmond community seemed unique because they were talking about the problem and they were fighting it.  They spend the evening coming up with ideas on how to stop the sale and use of drugs and get addicts help.

New Richmond high school principal Mark Bailey was one of concerned sitting in the crowd, "If they've gone through our schools I'm sitting here thinking, 'Is there something we could have done?'  That's one of the reasons I'm here tonight, to gain more information to see what I can do to help our students."

Some of the possible solutions mentioned to squash the addiction was free drug counseling, more lights on the street, more money for police and fines for landlords who rent to known drug dealers and users. Marie MacFarland is a shop owner in New Richmond and said for those who live there, it was no secret who the addicts were and it was time to stop being enablers.

MacFarland said, "They need to be treated with tough love so that they get the help they need. Tough love means not giving them the money, not allowing them in your home. Not allowing them to come and go as they please. That's when they steal from the parent. It's a well-known fact."

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