A father’s grief as Ohio opioid death crisis deepens

A grieving Ohio father says he’s doing all he can to fight the opioid epidemic that’s ravaging his hometown and that claimed his son’s life more than a year ago. The state’s Montgomery County now leads the U.S. in overdose deaths, with officials saying they’re overwhelmed by the body count. Linda So reports.

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It’s been 18 months now, but Scott Weidle is still struggling with the death of his son, Daniel.
SOUNDBITE: SCOTT WEIDLE, SON DIED FROM HEROIN OVERDOSE, SAYING:
“Got the call laying on the beach… worse day of my life.”

Daniel, a father of three, died from a heroin overdose in 2015, the day after Christmas.
SOUNDBITE: SCOTT WEIDLE, SON DIED FROM HEROIN OVERDOSE, SAYING:
“Just the perfect storm happened, he was left alone and relapsed.”
His father says he could never have imagined his son becoming a statistic in the country’s growing opioid crisis… but now he knows it’s impossible to avoid.
Montgomery County in Ohio where the family lives has been identified by local officials as the overdose capital of America.
NATS: AMBULANCE
The synthetic drug fentanyl is ravaging communities here and driving up the death toll.

Montgomery County is on pace to see 800 people die this year from a drug overdose.

That’s more than double the 370 some overdose deaths the county recorded in all of last year.

SOUNDBITE: KEN BETZ, MONTGOMERY COUNTY CORONER’S OFFICE DIRECTOR, SAYING:
“It’s actually somewhat out of control. We’ve never and I’ve been here 40 plus years, experience the level of daily drug overdoses in my entire career.”

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