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: face of addition – 2016
(9 article / 11 video series)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heroin crime: Living at the breaking point
Recovering addicts and law enforcement tell stories of living deep in heroin addiction and the resulting crimes.
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.
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.
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.
Heroin’s unrelenting grip – 2017
(6 article / 11 video series)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experiencing a heroin overdose
Recovering opiate addict Andrew Laubacher, 29, of Fremont details his experience overdosing the only time he used heroin.
Meth abuse overtaking heroin – 2018
(3 article / 6 video series)
Family overcomes grip of heroin addiction
Together for 24 years, Jeff Schill, 40, and Angela Trimble, 39, of Port Clinton met in junior high and fell in love in high school. When Jeff became addicted to opiates, then heroin, addiction almost tore their family apart.
Not actually heroin
Drugs on the street sold as heroin are usually more potent synthetics, leading to accidental fatal drug overdoses, according to Ottawa County Prosecutor James VanEerten.
Naloxone saving lives
The number of fatal overdoses in Ottawa County decreased from 14 in 2016 to 7 last year, a drop that officials attribute to law enforcement carrying naloxone.
Drug Addiction Response Team
Trevor Johnson with Ottawa County’s Drug Addiction Response Team responds to drug overdoses and links addicts with services to avoid criminal charges by complying with recommended treatment steps and completing a law enforcement supervision period.
Meth overtaking heroin abuse
Heroin abuse in Ottawa County is being replaced by meth, a strong central nervous system stimulant. Meth users stay awake for days, are prone to paranoia, and create open sores by scratching at their skin.
Light House Sober Living
Light House Sober Living in Port Clinton offers a sober living community for recovering addicts. The men’s home opened three years ago with 15 beds, and the women’s home opened two months ago with 7 beds.