MEDINA, Ohio - "I think it is safe to say it's an epidemic," said Medina Police Chief Pat Berarducci speaking of the heroin problem in cities across the area. But, in Medina, the police department is getting aggressive in dealing with it.
City police officers started carrying the drug Narcan, which is used to reverse an overdose. Medina police officers started carrying the drug just a recently and already saved the lives of 4 people. "We're saving your life, we're going to give you a second chance but there's going to be accountability and that includes being charged with a crime," said Berarducci.
On Tuesday, a Medina County judge found 31-year-old Heather Graham guilty on all counts for her role in supplying the heroin which killed a 17-year-old girl.
Police are now investigating each overdose as a crime. "We have an overdose, the detective is called and begins following up and leads that will take us to dealers and users," said Sgt. Brett McNabb.
Police say the heroin problem affects everyone, not just the dealer or user. "Someone using heroin will do whatever they need to do to get heroin, it affects everyone," said Sgt. Scott Marcum.
Berarducci has a message for drug dealers: "If you want to deal drugs, don't come to Medina," said Berarducci.