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Cheaper, purer meth piggybacks opioid crisis in Ohio

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


PIKETON, Ohio - Richard Kreager is quick to share his most embarrassing photos: The one where he is handcuffed on the side of the road, surrounded by police officers, or the shot of him lying in a hospital bed, hooked to a ventilator, his kidneys shutting down.

Each, he says, serves as a cautionary tale of his addiction to methamphetamine.

"They say one time is too many, and 10,000 times are never enough,'' said Kreager, 35, of Dublin, who has been in a southern Ohio recovery program since the spring. "It's just as bad as heroin."

In Ohio, the number of people, like Kreager, who are addicted to meth is increasing dramatically, authorities say.