Hamilton County has been cited as the ‘best place to live’ and the ‘best place to raise a family’ but there is another notable distinction– the county is 9th in the state for the number of heroin overdoses and overdose deaths.
In just the past month alone, 15 people have died from heroin overdoses.
It’s a serious problem that many say has been swept under the rug.
“My son, who lives in Fishers, grew up in Fishers, has lost 16 friends in death due to drug overdose, and he’s been to 13 funerals, and he is 24,” said Gina Bardach, the co-founder of the non-profit, ‘Hope Overcoming Heroin.’
Hope Overcoming Heroin, was started because of the lack of addiction treatment facilities in Hamilton County.
The group provides referrals and treatment facilities and acts as a support system for hundreds of parents whose children are addicted to heroin, or who have died from heroin overdoses.
“We decided that we need resources to help save our community, and share what we’ve learned and what we know, and at least be a support system to parents,” Bardach added.
Hope Overcoming Heroin has more than 100 parents raising their children’s children.