Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Making Good on Northeast Ohio’s Heroin Promises

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

While there’s plenty of negligence among Northeast Ohio leadership that we can point to and criticize, there are also a handful of items worth praising. Local stances on our ballooning heroin problems (abuse, trafficking, etc.) are significant in that regard. Also:

With 2013 featuring a steady ramping-up of drug busts and public awareness, the problem termed by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty as an “epidemic” was front and center. That’s a great thing.

Right now, four people indirectly tied to the October 2013 overdose of Lanny David Gullion III, a Medina resident, are being brought in the court system. Along with the man who sold him the heroin, Gullion’s driver, a separate friend, and a “sidekick” have all pleaded guilty to charges lessened from the original involuntary manslaughter charges. Each played a role in connected Gullion with accused dealer Michael Karkoska. In the past, each might have avoided the eye of the law.

Relatedly, in May of last year, we published a feature that showcased the power of naloxone, a prescribed overdose reversal. At the time, access to the drug was a real problem for many addicts and their families. The state has curbed restrictions since then, granting more people in need the ability to fend off near-certain death and, in turn, seek rehabilitative help.

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