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Ohio Northern fights rising heroin problem

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In recent years, rural America has seen an increase in teenage heroin use. In response, agencies are pushing more to educate the youth of its dangers.

Tonight at Ohio Northern University, the third in a five part lecture series aimed at tackling the growing problem. The presentation entitled "Schools and Prevention," explored the reasons that more than 600,000 people over the age twelve used heroin last year. According to guest speaker Lorrie Lewandowski as one of the teen drugs of choice, prescription pills, become harder to come by, heroin use could continue to rise.

Even though the majority of heroin is imported from the Middle East and East Asia, it is still one of the cheapest drugs on the streets. A gram costs approximately ten dollars. According to Lewandowski, education in school is important, but it can trigger students curiosity in experiencing the drug. She says the best deterrent is good parenting.