Video: 23 Ohioans Die of Heroin Overdoses Every Week; 60 Minutes Looks at the Epidemic in the Heartland

60 Minutes featured a segment entitled 'Heroin in the Heartland' last night, and in telling the story of heroin abusers and users and the ways Mexican cartels have gone directly to dealing in the Midwest, the show spotlights Columbus, OH and interviews folks you wouldn't quite picture as heroin junkies, like Hannah Morris, who started using heroin at age 15. It covers a lot of the same ground that anyone who's been reading about the opiate epidemic would be familiar with already — suburban users, cheap drugs — but to hear them tell their stories is different than reading them. Watch the full segment below.

Here's an excerpt:

Mike DeWine: This is the worst drug epidemic I've seen in my lifetime.

Mike DeWine is the attorney general of Ohio. He's a former U.S. senator, congressman, and a county prosecutor. We met him at a state crime lab outside Columbus.

Mike DeWine: It's in every single county. It's in our cities but it's also in our wealthier suburbs. It's in our small towns. There is no place in Ohio where you can hide from it.

Bill Whitaker: It's that pervasive?

Mike DeWine: There is no place in Ohio where you couldn't have it delivered to you in 15, 20 minutes.

Hannah Morris: I can text and say, "Hey do you have this?" We can meet. The— they would bring it to my house, leave it under the mat. It's pretty easy to get.

Bill Whitaker: Full service.

Hannah Morris: Uh-huh, yeah. To me it was easier to get than weed or cocaine, definitely easier.

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Vince Grzegorek

Vince Grzegorek has been with Scene since 2007 and editor-in-chief since 2012. He previously worked at Discount Drug Mart and Texas Roadhouse.
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