The opioid crisis is sweeping the U.S., leaving many areas across the country with questions as to how to end the epidemic.
In Middletown, Ohio, authorities have already seen more overdose calls this year than in all of 2016. CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil got aat the problem overwhelming the city.
During his visit, he spoke with Bill and Eileen Alley about the addiction that nearly killed their son, David.
“The heroin started gettin’ the better of him,” Eileen said. “I kept calling the police on him, hoping the police would arrest him. I spent many days followin’ him, wonderin’ where he’s at, texting my husband, ‘Go check on David. Go make sure he’s breathing.'”
Bill says they checked on David “like he was a newborn child.”
“We’d take turns gettin’ up in the middle of the night to make sure our son was alive,” Eileen said. “I heard signs of, you know, heroin, the dance, the slap, the bouncin’. I call it his heroin dance. And I went down and said, ‘David, I can’t take it no more. I don’t wanna do it no more. I physically am not able to.'”
“Well, he was so high, he cussed me out,” she continued. “He called me some names that he’s never, ever called me. And I knew, at that moment, that I had to do somethin’. And I went up and told his dad what had happened. And I went to my mom’s for the night. And I let him handle it.”
Bill says he “pointed at the door” and told David, “Don’t come back until you are off that crap,” which prompted him to leave.
“The last time I seen him, before he overdosed again, he was walkin’ down the driveway,” Bill told Dokoupil. “And he turned around and looked at me and just smirked and said, ‘Take a good look, it’s the last time you’re gonna see me alive.’ And he went and stayed with some…