I want to bring justice to the children who have no voice in the heroin epidemic

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We all are aware of the Heroin epidemic in Ohio and need to strive for a change. This is all I read while doing research for this petition. In 2016 Ohio was the state to have the most overdose deaths in the nation. This has to stop. Governor John Kasich signed the House Bill 110, also known as "911 Good Samaritan" law that grants immunity to overdose calls. This grants the person overdosing 2 chances of immunity from any charges. The two provisions added were " immunity is only good for two times and not available for people on parole or probation". The second was Medical professionals can share with law enforcement the name and address of the person who overdosed for further investigation and follow-up.

Many people worry this will prevent people from doing the right thing by calling 911 because the person overdosing and/ or the caller will be charged and put in jail.

My problem with this bill is that I keep hearing and reading how this bill was signed so we could save lives and hopefully find a solution to the on going problem.

My problem I face is that people are overdosing while their children or other children are around and they witness these things. This can be torturous to a child, as mine had to witness it on a weekend they were spending with their father. This is the story they retold to me as well as my fiance'. I was horrified to think someone could do this with their children in the home.

On December 10th my children ages 6 and 11 were with their father while his girlfriend was working. He had a couple buddies over and my children were asked by their father to go in the other room while he spoke to these guys. My children respectfully gave him his space and went back to playing. About 15 minutes later the guys left and my children wanted to play with their dad. They said he told them he wanted to lay down. Minutes later he was asking them crazy questions such as "did I smoke my cigarette?" My youngest son went in and got my oldest son as he knew something wasn't right. My oldest son went in to talk to his father and said he looked sick. So they left him sleep for a couple minutes. My youngest son went back in wanting to play because this was the second day of the weekend and he knew time was ticking. He ran back out to get my oldest son because his father had "white stuff" coming out of his mouth and sweating really bad. His eyes were rolling into the back of his head and he kept making these weird noises my youngest son explained. My oldest son picked up the phone and called the first person listed in the contacts and this was his father's girlfriend. She told me the boys explained everything to them and she finished delivering pizzas and didn't want the kids to hang up with her to call 911 she was going to see what was going on. 45 minutes later she rushes home to find him unresponsive and my children scared to death. She called me right away to ask what to do and I told her to call 911 I would be there to pick my children up.

The scene that I pulled up to scared me so I know the boys were scared. 2 police cars and a EMS. My fiance' went into the house to get my boys because I was so furious I didn't want to see either of their faces. My children came out of the house with clothes falling out of their book bags, shoes untied, and shorts on in December. This is the image that will never leave my mind. Things had been going great with visitation for about 3 months prior to this and he had not seen them prior to that 3 months for almost a year. He claimed to be drug free.

This is the problem he was never charged even though he was on parole. My children had to witness this first hand and are aware that they did an amazing job and saved a life.

What about these children that do not have one out of two parents drug free? If these children live in a home where 2 parents are addicts they have to live though this more than once and maybe up to 4 times (2 times each parent) before the police are able by law to make them responsible for putting these kids in these awful situations? If the children do not see the adult have any consequences to their actions what is that teaching our children? When will the cycle stop if the kids are seeing the mistake made but the law is unable to punish them.

This problem is going to keep growing because the children are the victim and someone needs to step up and be their voice. They need to know right from wrong and understand that when you do illegal things like drugs the law will not back you up.

The law that was passed is fair I believe but when a child is involved there should be no immunity the user didn't just endanger themselves they endangered a child they are supposed to protect and show them right from wrong. How can we beat this epidemic when we are teaching the children that when they see a parent overdose it's okay because they were saved by the real hero's, EMS and the Police Officers. They should look up to their parent as the hero's.

This bill needs to be changed so we can break the cycle and bring the understanding of the law back to our children and future generations. Illegal mean against the law and should stay that way. Endangering or neglecting a child is a crime in all other situations such as driving while intoxicated. The person drinks and that is completely legal until they get behind the wheel of a car and drive with their children in tow. What happens? They are arrested, cited with DUI, charged with child endangering, and it all stemmed from a legal action. When a drug user uses a drug it is illegal, when they overdose because of that drug, that's illegal. When they endanger a child by using the drugs and overdose and have to be revived while leaving the child unattended because they are incoherent.... That is legal because of Bill 110 that was signed by the governor that grant the user immunity.

Some may say I have no clue what I am talking about because I have never been down that road. Correction, I have been and this is why I am fighting so hard because some of these children do not have a parent fighting for their best interest so I WILL. I was a user for many years, lost loved ones due to an overdoses, and have witnessed it first hand. I have changed my life around and have given my children a fighting chance, but some may not do the same because the addiction is much stronger than they are at that point in their life. Maybe it's time we have tough love and show the children when you do something wrong it will not be tolerated or excepted.

Fight for justice for the children, fight for our future, fight for what is right!

 



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