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Capital News: As drug epidemic rages, more stories of addiction come to light

by MARC KOVAC | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau Published: April 1, 2017 1:00 AM


Or who has died as a result, either through an unintentional overdose or other destructive behavior that resulted?

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When I was a kid, we didn’t talk about such things too loudly — too much stigma or embarrassment or something.

There were whispers and knowing looks but little in the way of explanation.

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And constant.

His father, Scott, was at the Statehouse to tell his son’s story and urge lawmakers to clamp down on prescription painkillers, a gateway to heroin and other drugs.

At the same press conference, the senator talked about another young man, whose drug addiction started 35 years ago.

“He worked for his family’s construction business.

He drove a Corvette. He had his pilot’s license and his own plane.

He had a home, was married and had two children.

And then he got injured on a construction job, and he had muscle relaxants prescribed for his back injury.

Long story short, that led to an addiction of heroin.

He ended up losing his job, his home, his Corvette, his plane.

He lost his siblings, then his parents, then his wife, then his two children.

The last phone call came from one of Hottinger’s wife’s friends, who, in the course of genealogy research, determined that the man had died down in Florida.

“And what started off as an issue three or four decades ago grew into a problem, then it escalated into a crisis, and today it’s morphed into a full-fledged epidemic.

Contact him at mkovac@recordpub.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.

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