Dublin schedules town hall meeting amidst rising heroin problem

Dublin Police Chief Heinz Von Eckartsberg.

DUBLIN, Ohio (WCMH) –Dublin is consistently voted one of the top suburbs in the county.

The unemployment rate is half of the national average, and the household income is twice the national average,

DUBLINBut there’s also an epidemic creeping in that can destroy families, lives and entire communities.

“Heroin is definitely in the suburbs and Dublin is the same as many other suburbs,” said Dublin Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg. “We see heroin use and heroin abuse and heroin overdoses in Dublin.”

It has become so prevalent that a Town Hall meeting has been scheduled for next month at the Dublin Rec. Center.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine isn’t surprised heroin is in Dublin, or any suburb for that matter.

“The Mexican drug cartels and the drug dealers are pretty sophisticated right now,” DeWine said.

He added the fact it’s in suburbs isn’t by accident, it’s by design.

If the average income is twice that of the general population, he said, why not focus on the money?

“They like to go where the money is,” said DeWine. “The money is in the suburbs and that’s where they go because although it starts cheap for $15 you can get started, when someone is way down the line it may cost them $1,500 dollars a day to maintain their habit. It’s as likely to be in a rural area as it is in a city, and even more likely to be in the suburbs. We’ve never had an epidemic so pervasive so everywhere.”

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