The investigation didn’t stop there. The nightmare continues. (dramatic music) (radio chatter) Dr. Nita and Judge Mary went to Dayton, Ohio to find out what’s being done to fight this deadly drug epidemic. (radio chatter) Oh, what’s this?
(police sirens) It could be an overdose, it could be an OVI. Unknown breathing status. (police sirens) This is the worst crisis I’ve seen in 30 years. I worked the street during the Crack era, but they weren’t dying at this rate. What have you seen in the progression of the opioid epidemic? We used to be a very vibrant manufacturing town. Our economy is very bad, a lot people are self-medicating with these substances. It’s just sad to see what happened to our community. How does it impact the crime rate? Of course it’s up, these people aren’t working, so there’s stealing, robberies, car jackings. Gangs shooting it out over proceeds. Get out of our neighborhood, we’re dealing here. This whole epidemic is just terrible for us. This year we’re gonna double last year’s deaths. Double? Double. We could potentially lose 800 people in Montgomery County alone. We’re losing entire cities to this problem, when does it stop? We’re outpacing fatal car accidents right now. We see people gasping for air, they’re turning blue, they’re literally dying in front of you, and you hit them with Narcan, which is a miracle drug, and it brings ’em right back to life. They wake up, they’re upset that you ruined their high. There’s times we had 26 overdoses in a day. And it’s also an ideal location, when it comes to getting drugs in and out of the area. Yeah, we have two major interstates, products coming straight from Mexico up 75 to Dayton, Ohio. Then they can hit Interstate 70, and go to New York and Chicago, it’s the perfect location. (radio chatter) We had the opportunity to go with your Deputy Kidwell. We saw his world, which is really amazing to me, because as a judge, I would never have thought the streets would be consumed with 80, 90% of overdoses and drug addiction. (radio chatter) We’re on the west side of Dayton right now, which is known for drug sales, a lot of the car-to-car transactions. A lot of these neighborhoods are incredible, and then the next street over, there’s an entire street of abandoned homes. This is the hub. Even with the number of people that are dying from the drugs, it’s not slowing down. But this street right here, I get a lot of complaints that there’s cars that sit here and wait for drug sales. Those suspicious vehicle calls, that’s what we need. You go to certain gas stations, they’ll drive up and put two gel caps of heroin in your car and a business card. So they just want to get you hooked, ’cause they’re killing their customer base. As Americans, we are 5% of the world population, and we consume 80% of the opioids. We’re a pill society, you have a headache, you take a pill, you have a backache, you take a pill. They claim 40% of the people that go in your house look in your medicine cabinet. Realtors have that problem. Get it out of there, cause it’s part of the problem. We gotta get away from the stigma that it’s a 60-year-old junkie in an alley, these are people’s kids, moms, these are dads. Accountants, lawyers, judges, everybody. It’s a disease. It’s a disease. I would have parents come into my courtroom, “My daughter’s violated, will you have her picked up?” Do you ever get calls, “my kid’s on drugs, can you come and take him away without a crime having been committed?” All the time. We got parents call crying, you know, “my son’s gonna die tomorrow because we can’t get him into treatment.” People in Dayton, Ohio don’t want heroin anymore, they want Fentanyl. If you have kilo of Fentanyl, that’s a weapon of mass destruction, you can kill thousands of people. The next drug is Carfentanyl, we’ve had situations where they’ve put Fentanyl into cocaine, laced marijuana, so the key is just to get them addicted to Fentanyl. They’re chasing the next best high. We’re being destroyed from the inside out. These drug addiction problems, they lead to overdoses, and overdoses can lead to death. That is the finale, that is the end result of an addiction when you don’t get it under control. It’s over, they’re not here anymore, they’re gone.