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Officers are used to piecing together drug “families,” networks of people involved in a trafficking ring.

In New Boston, Ohio, detectives managed to bust an entire family on suspicion of drug dealing.

They rounded up a dad, mom, two sons, and an uncle.  The five now face drug charges.

According to WSAZ’s newschannel 3, Five members of one family from Scioto County have been indicted, and are now behind bars.

A Scioto County Grand Jury indicted Ricky A. Grooms, 47, his common law spouse Dana Cattell, 43; their sons Ricky Grooms II, 25, and Ryan Grooms,22, along with the elder Grooms’ brother Roy Grooms,46.

New Boston Police arrested four of the five were yesterday. A fifth turned himself in after learning of the other arrests.

All five people will remain in the Scioto County Jail until they are arraigned in Scioto County common Pleas court.

Police say the family lived in an area buzzing with drug activity and they had been following up on complaints and tips regarding the illegal sales.

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Children don’t have to go down a dark alley and deal with adult gang members to get their hands on marijuana or numerous other illicit drugs.

But that’s the image that most parents see.

Police officers in Dayton, Ohio have arrested a 14-year-old for bringing marijuana to school and planning to sell it.

The 8th grader attends Meadowdale PreK-8 School, but he spent Halloween at the Juvenile Justice Center.

School administrators called police after they noticed the boy had a big zip top bags with individual bags of marijuana inside.

Officers believe that the teen was trying to sell the drugs on campus, and that the boy had also smoked pot in the restroom.

This is a reminder that kids get their drug supply from other kids.

Kids are also getting pills from the medicine cabinet, and they will either abuse them, or sell them to another teen to abuse.

 

One woman’s hail mary pass into a correctional facility ended up with more than a penalty. She’s facing charges!

The woman, a former correctional facility worker, was arrested by authorities after she filled two football with drugs, cigarettes, cell phones, chargers and pills and threw them in the Ohio facility.

Read about here on the post game.

You see how desperate some people are to help others with their addictions.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) unveiled proposed legislation that aims to curtail prescription drug abuse and strengthen penalties for pharmaceutical theft in Ohio.

Brown outlined his plan at Kahler Pharmacy in South Toledo.

The proposed legislation is called the Strengthening and Focusing Enforcement to Deter Organized Stealing and Enhance Safety (SAFE DOSES) Act, a bipartisan bill committed to eliminating prescription drug crime in Ohio.

This is the kind of tougher laws we need as more people abuse these legal highs.

Unless you’re at an anti-drug rally, or you’re sitting in a room getting high with a group, you very rarely get two people in the room completely agree with each other on the topic of drugs.

Some say, legalize marijuana, and crack down on the rest of the illicit drugs. Others say the current ban is not enough, and alcohol should be banned once again. There are also those who feel that the war on drugs is a loss and everything should be legalized.

Today drug dealers are speaking out against crack cocaine. The people who push product in Rio de Janeiro say they won’t sell it.

Brazilian police in the region take credit for stopping the sale of crack, but drug kingpins say that it was their decision to stop producing the drug.

They say it destabilizes the neighborhoods there.

You can read about it here at Fox Latino.

It’s interesting that dealers would decide that one drug destroys a community over others.

When it comes to teen drug use, it doesn’t matter where and what teens are using.

Drugs are bad for our youth, period.

I’m sure in regions where families make very little money, they accept that their children are involved in the drug trade. If those machine-gun toting kids are bringing home 10 times the family’s income, it puts food on the table, right?

Unfortunately, you have teens here in America that are making money hand over fist selling drugs. Most recently authorities busted a teen in Ohio for running a 3-million dollar operation. He and his student “lieutenants” were turning $20,000 a month in marijuana deals.

Kids need to know that all drugs are bad. Parents need to extend the message.

Ohio’s highway patrol is seizing heroin at a skyrocketing rate, and marijuana at double the rate of last year.

A spokesman for the department said the amount of heroin seized is up 300%.

The amount of marijuana is up 100%.

According to whiotv.com, Troopers seized 27,875 grams of heroin in the first six months of this year, a 327 percent increase from the same period in 2011.

The report, released online Tuesday, also indicated a 107 percent increase in the number of grams seized during the same time period.

You can read more on whiotv’s website.

This serves as a reminder that these drugs are infiltrating our community.

Most people have a stereotype that comes to mind when they think about communities and the types of drugs they use. Some people think marijuana is explosive in more diverse communities, whereas other people believe that big cities leads the way in drugs like heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy. Pill popping? That’s left for old America, right? Wrong!

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A new survey conducted in the middle oh Ohio, an area as hard-working and American as any. It shows exactly what the drug trends are in terms of usage and availability. The survey was answered by law enforcement, treatment experts, and drug users over a 16-county wide map of central-eastern and southern Ohio.

The report shows that heroin and suboxone are on the rise, while for the first time we’ve seen, a decrease in bath salts is seen. Ohio has been one of the leading states to ban bath salts, but as we’ve seen, the producers of the substances continue to skirt laws, and vendors continue to sell them despite the new laws.

Black tar heroin is sharply on the rise over the last 6 months, and the report suggests that the primary age group of users is 18-30. It also shows a new drug trend. Users are giving up on Oxycontin for Opana. Users are able to crush Opana and either snort or inject it, while Oxycontin no longer can be manipulated in that way.

The other highlight was the kids like pills and over the counter medications. Teens have easy access to the pills, and they prefer the high thinking it is safer because it is “medicine.” In what may not be a surprise at all, kids can get their hands on marijuana and cocaine at any time, most often picking it up at school.

In some communities, heroin is easier to get than marijuana. The drug survey shows age and substance range. You can see the information in the graphic below.

 

I have seen numerous surveys on teen drinking and drug use released from local media sources.   The communities are diverse.   Fast paced Southern California and Florida to slower rural areas in Ohio and Nebraska.

The surveys all seem to say the same thing.   Children are speaking openly and honestly about their drug use.   The use of marijuana by children can be anywhere from 30%-60% and the teen drinking studies have been as high as 80%.

Most of the groups initiating these surveys are parent, community, or local media groups.   They often focus solely on alcohol and marijuana, but there is more serious drug usage to also be concerned with.    Prescription drug usage is soaring among young Americans.

Home drug testing is one way to check what your teen maybe doing.   Smelling for alcohol and marijuana is not enough.

Try to protect your teens as they head into winter break.   Don’t let them become the latest victim of drug abuse.

The Senate is taking an aggressive approach to combating the nation’s fastest growing epidemic; Prescription drug abuse.   As Myteensavers has been relaying to parents, more kids are turning to the medicine cabinet than they are the needle.

Yesterday, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee on crime and terrorism, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, announced that prescription drug “abuse poses a serious and growing threat to our communities and young people.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH spoke yesterday about the troubles in his state: “Prescription-drug abuse in Ohio — and our nation — needs to be treated like the epidemic it is,” Brown said. “From the policies to the stories, it’s clear prescription-drug abuse is nonpartisan. It’s clear it is an issue of life or death in too many parts of our nation, especially Ohio.”

Brown promoted a bill that he said would prevent prescription-drug abusers from acquiring excess drugs — which they might abuse or illegally-resell.    This legislation already exists in 20 states.

Gov. John Kasich signed a “pill mill” bill on Friday, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has gone after those abusing drug prescriptions.

Brown’s office says Ohio is second only to Florida in the number of oxycodone prescriptions filled, and Ohio’s death rate due to unintentional drug poisoning skyrockets 350% from 1999 to 2008.

In 2007, unintentional drug poisoning became the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing motor-vehicle crashes and suicide for the first time on record.

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, told the panel that the pills were popular because they were easy to get and there was a “low perception of risk.”

Last month, the White House announced plans to crack down on prescription-drug abuse, including putting a priority.

This serves as a reminder for parents to drug test their kids.   A Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit can be a life-saving device in the home.