In effort to stem heroin tide, Warren looks to woo the young

The city of Warren is holding a meeting Friday night to discuss the problem

In effort to stem heroin tide, Warren looks to woo the young

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – The heroin epidemic is hitting everyone, not only in Warren, but throughout the U.S.

“This is an epidemic that somehow, someway, probably touches every person, not only in the city of Warren, not only in county or in the state, but across the country,” Warren Councilman Eddie Colbert said.

But the city of Warren is taking action. Council members, along with law enforcement, are holding a meeting to inform the public, “On the drugs in the city, its affects, what we can do about it, how you can tell if someone is on drugs and what you should do about it,” Warren Councilwoman Helen Rucker said.

“We really want to get to the young people, we want to get to the students, we want to let them know that there’s a better life out there for you,” Colbert said.

City Council is encouraging the public to join tonight’s meeting, especially the younger generation.

Law enforcement will be there with some hard facts on how heroin is ruining lives in the community.

The city believes educating people is the first step in their plan to stop the epidemic.

In order to bring all the people together and be like look lets develop a game plan here, lets try to acknowledge the roots of the problem and try to curb the expansion of the drug.

Council says this only the first step in their game plan. They hope to have more meetings like tonight’s, and develop a solution to end the epidemic.

If you want to take part in the meeting tonight, it’s at 6 p.m. in the Warren Municipal Building. You can count on First News to be at the meeting too, and stick with WYTV both on air and online for the latest details on the meeting.

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