Winner of 2017 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – Best Video 2nd place – “Heroin’s unrelenting grip”
Winner of 2017 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – Best illustration or informational graphic 3rd place – “Heroin overdose death numbers”
Winner of 2017 Ohio News Photographers Association, May clip contest, 1st place photo story
Winner of 2017 USA Today Network journalism awards 2nd quarter, Div. III – 1st place digital storytelling
Winner of 2017 USA Today Network journalism awards 2nd quarter, Div. III – video finalist
Winner of 2017 USA Today Network journalism awards 2nd quarter, Div. III – consumer engagement and experiences finalist
Winner of 2017 Media Network of Central Ohio, May MVP Award, 2nd place
Winner of 2016 Ohio News Photographers Association, March clip contest – 1st place portrait
Winner of 2016 Associated Press Managing Editors awards, Div. I – 2nd place – Best photo story
Winner of 2016 Associated Press Managing Editors awards, Div. I – 3rd place – Best video – “Richie’s Story: from heroin to hope”
Winner of 2016 Media Network of Central Ohio March MVP Awards – 1st place

Photojournalist/videographer Molly Corfman, with writer Daniel Carson, investigates heroin addiction in Sandusky and Ottawa counties through a multiple year, in-depth investigation.

Heroin’s unrelenting grip – 2017

(6 article / 11 video series)

Kayla Davis’ story: shooting demons

Kayla Davis’ story: “shooting demons”

Kayla Davis, 26, of Bellevue tells her story of heroin addiction, interviewed four months before her overdose death of 3-methylfentanyl on July 20, 2016.

Read article: Shooting demons into my body
WATCH VIDEO 10:00

Fentanyl causing deaths

Fentanyl causing deaths

Disguised as heroin, more powerful synthetic painkillers are causing an increase in overdose deaths in Sandusky County.

Read article: Shooting demons into my body
WATCH VIDEO 2:40

Drug overdose numbers in Sandusky County

Drug overdose numbers in Sandusky County

In 2016, drug overdose deaths doubled in Sandusky County from the previous year.

Read article: Shooting demons into my body
WATCH VIDEO 1:30

Ohio’s Good Samaritan Law

Ohio’s 911 Good Samaritan Law

Effective September 2016, Ohio’s new Good Samaritan Law provides immunity, with restrictions, from prosecution to people who call for medical assistance.

Read article: Good Samaritan Law falls short of intentions
WATCH VIDEO 1:20

Heroin overdoses: stop putting water on people

Heroin overdoses: stop putting water on people

Capt. John Marcson with Sandusky County EMS explains why putting water on someone overdosing on heroin does not work to revive a person.

Read article: Good Samaritan Law falls short of intentions
WATCH VIDEO :55

Sandusky County Drug Task Force

New Drug Task Force

Newly elected Sandusky County Prosecutor Tim Braun explains his hopes for newly formed Sandusky County drug task force now that the 5 year, 0.55-­mill levy narrowly passed by 162 votes – 4,472 to 4,310.

Read article: Good Samaritan Law falls short of intentions
WATCH VIDEO 3:35

Martel Copeland’s story: life ended too soon

Martel Copeland’s story: life ended too soon

Nancy Copeland and Shane Durbin remember their son, Martel Copeland, 22, of Fremont who died of a drug overdose on Aug. 27, 2016.

Read article: Family, officer try to help Copeland in his struggle with addiction
WATCH VIDEO 4:40

Sober support on a Friday night

Sober support on a Friday night

Recovering heroin addict Richie Webber, 25, of Clyde organizes sober events for recovering addicts through his newly formed nonprofit organization, Fight for Recovery.

Read article: Open mic nights give recovering addicts a creative, positive outlet
WATCH VIDEO 1:15

Joey Silcox’s story: relapse just after rehab

Joey Silcox’s story: relapse just after rehab

Dr. Paul Silcox remembers his son, Joey, 25, of Bellevue who died of a drug overdose on Nov. 12, 2016.

Read article: Father’s love could not save son from addiction
WATCH VIDEO 2:50

Drug Court

Drug Court

Drug court started in Sandusky County in 2014 by Judge John Kolesar. In addition to probation, the judge helps non-violent offenders in legal trouble because of a drug problem create a better reality for themselves.

Read article: Back from the dead: drug court gives addict new life
WATCH VIDEO 6:05

Experiencing a heroin overdose

Experiencing a heroin overdose

Recovering opiate addict Andrew Laubacher, 29, of Fremont details his experience overdosing the only time he used heroin.

Read article: Back from the dead: drug court gives addict new life
WATCH VIDEO 1:05

Heroin: face of addition – 2016

(9 article / 11 video series)

Heroin: face of addiction

Heroin: face of addiction

Heroin addiction has caused an unprecedented surge in overdoses, deaths and crime in Sandusky County since 2013. Addicts, their families and law enforcement tell stories of lives ripped apart from heroin addiction.

Read article: From heroin addiction to hope
WATCH VIDEO 17:15

Richie’s story: From heroin to hope

Richie’s story: From heroin to hope

Richie Webber, 24, of Clyde was a high school track star and good student, until he broke his arm playing football and was prescribed painkillers.

Read article: From heroin addiction to hope
WATCH VIDEO 12:30

Mother’s fight: Saving son from heroin

Mother’s fight: Saving son from heroin

Theresa Musser of Fremont watched her son, Colton, struggle with heroin addiction, checking every morning to see if he was still alive.

Read article: Addictions rip families apart
WATCH VIDEO 6:00

Heroin overdoses: Flirting with death

Heroin overdoses: Flirting with death

First responders, recovering heroin addicts and law enforcement explain what physically happens during an overdose, reasons why overdoses happen, and resulting legal issues.

Read article: The lucky ones survive, but many don’t
WATCH VIDEO 14:30

Remembering Bryce: Heroin takes a life

Remembering Bryce: Heroin takes a life

Bryce Williamson had a funny, sarcastic wit and a good heart. Although he became addicted to heroin, his family supported him through rehab and he was one year sober. Then, at 23, he used just one more time.

Read article: An overdose affects more than the addict
WATCH VIDEO 5:10

Heroin addicts’ kids: Trapped innocents

Heroin addicts’ kids: Trapped innocents

Kids struggle with the fallout of parent’s heroin addictions. Social workers and the court system talk about the impact.

Read article: Children often cast aside when parents are hooked on heroin
WATCH VIDEO 11:15

Heroin crime: Living at the breaking point

Heroin crime: Living at the breaking point

Recovering addicts and law enforcement tell stories of living deep in heroin addiction and the resulting crimes.

Read article: Heroin, related crimes complicate cops’ lives
WATCH VIDEO 13:30

Dustin’s story: Officer poked by heroin needle

Dustin’s story: Officer poked by heroin needle

Officer Dustin Nowak responded to a call of suspected drug activity on the east side of Fremont. After he surprised a woman shooting up drugs in a vehicle, his life changed forever.

Read article: Heroin, related crimes complicate cops’ lives
WATCH VIDEO 2:50

Block watch: Police educate about heroin

Block watch: Police educate about heroin

Detective Jason Kiddey of the Fremont Police Department educates residents how to identify heroin and other drugs by passing around examples confiscated by the police department at a Block Watch meeting.

Read article: Heroin, related crimes complicate cops’ lives
WATCH VIDEO 6:00

Heroin: Searching for sobriety

Heroin: Searching for sobriety

Recovering addicts, social service providers and law enforcement explore treatments for heroin addiction in Sandusky County.

Read article: Addicts, community look to future
WATCH VIDEO 17:10

Kyle’s story: Lifetime struggle for heroin sobriety

Kyle’s story: Lifetime struggle for heroin sobriety

Kyle Wyss, 31, of Fremont has been injecting drugs for the past 10 years. He lost everything to deep addiction, never held a job and lived under a bridge. Wyss has been to rehab multiple times. His longest break from using heroin had been five months. Until now.

Read article: Wyss seeks treatment in Toledo
WATCH VIDEO 4:20

Brittany Hatfield, 23, of Clyde visits the grave of her ex-boyfriend, Bryce Williamson, who she loved deeply. He died of a heroin overdose in November 2014.
Bralyn Gregg holds family photos featuring her brother.
Recovering heroin addict Nate Kehlmeier, 34, of Genoa spends Friday night socializing at a sober support meeting hosted by Fight for Recovery in Clyde. Now employed by a rehab facility, he helps addicts to sobriety.
Needles seized by the Fremont Police department.
Theresa Musser of Fremont struggled emotionally as her family was ripped apart from heroin addiction, and saved her son, Colton, through tough love and perseverance.