In Past Week, 32 Overdose On ‘Blue Drop’ Heroin

48-year-old Billy Davis was pulled out of his home on Mound Street in Marion Thursday evening.

He’ll be charged with trafficking and possession.

He is the 11th and latest person to be arrested in the “Blue Drop” heroin epidemic that has killed two people in Marion County so far and put another 30 in the hospital.

Undercover drug officers attacked his home today with a flash bomb and force, and found the heroin that is pulling Marion into a crisis. 

Mayor Scott Schertzer said this “small fraction” of the community involved with Blue Drop is “consuming 99 percent of our resources and our tax funding for our safety forces.”

Police say “Blue Drop” heroin which has a blue color and a high concentration of Fentanyl, and comes from Chicago.
It comes to Marion and is distributed to individual dealers, who then sell it to addicts.

Marion Police chief Bill Collins said it’s lethal. 

“Fentynal is a very powerful painkiller that’s generally used for cancer patients,” he said. “It’s about 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine and about 15 to 20 times stronger than heroin.”

Just touching it can kill someone.

“There’s only one symptom–they quit breathing,” he said.

The deadly heroin has been popping up in other cities throughout Ohio, including Portsmouth and Dayton.

In the war on drugs this battle has gone nuclear.

“We feel like we’re fighting this battle by ourselves,” Schertzer said. “We feel like one hand’s tied behind our back. This is a national epidemic. Where are the feds? This is a statewide problem. Where is the state?” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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