By: Jill Clapp

In Ohio, heroin had become a serious problem that is out of control and needs to be recognized. Many people are working in an attempt to get a handle on the issue and to raise awareness in the schools and the community. While heroin is a problem around the world, according to The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. Bill Whitaker, a correspondent for CBS News, reports that every week, heroin kills 23 Ohioans. While this may not seem that bad, it is different to think about that being someone in your community, your town, or your neighborhood. Locally, the Toledo Blade announced this week that Way Public Library and League of Women Voters of the Perrysburg Area will be organizing a panel discussion regarding the heroin epidemic that has affected so many in our area. This will take place at the library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg, 7 p.m. on May 23. This would be a great thing for adults and teenagers to attend to learn about the dangers of drugs, especially heroin. Many people believe that the best place to express the importance of the dangers of drugs is in the schools. This is because teenagers are more vulnerable and more likely to be persuaded into trying heroin or other harmful drugs.