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Local Mother Speaks About Daughter's Heartbreaking Heroin Overdose
COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur/Kate Liebers) -- It is available in every suburb, city and state -- sometimes for as little as $10 -- and it is killing Ohioans at an alarming rate.
Heroin has killed at least 1,300 Ohioans between 2010 and 2012, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office. The office estimated that 11 Ohioans die every week from a heroin overdose.
Among them was 20-year-old Marin Riggs, who got hooked on "H" as a teenager.
"One time use is not possible," said the young woman's mother, Heidi Riggs. "Addiction is almost immediate and relatively few users recover."
Riggs spoke Monday during a press conference to introduce Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's fight against the heroin epidemic.
Riggs said her daughter's recover often seemed like it was just around the corner, but it never happened.
"Her father found her on the bathroom floor, unconscious, blue and not breathing," she said.
Marin Riggs died Jan. 28, 2012.
Fighting back tears, Riggs spoke about how accessible heroin is across the country.
"We thought heroin was a street drug, a junkies' drug," she said. "How did our daughter get involved in something like this, in a community like ours?"
DeWine is aspiring to change that with his new task force.