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Prosecutor: Fight against heroin to begin early

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- It was a captive audience of school administrators and local lawmakers as Prosecutor Mike Gmoser unveiled his plan to get into the schools and educate young people about the dangers of drugs.

People in Butler County have held rallies to bring attention to the dangers of heroine. Nearly 50 people have died from overdoses this year. Gmoser says the battle against drugs should start in the classroom.

Cincinnati Christian Schools Superintendent Terry Diefenbacher likes the idea.

"If you come in with scare tactics and talking down to the students and not as someone who is interested in their future... it's how you present it to them," said Diefenbacher.

Current and former CCS students are also on board with the plan to educate students early about the consequences of drugs-- specifically heroin.

"I think one of the biggest problems out there is the lack of information, about what it is that these kids are messing with. They don't realize the things they're trying now has the ability to affect them for the rest of their lives," said alumnus Nathan Anneken.

"If they know the dangers of it, it might stop them from trying it, giving in to peer pressure if they know about it and effects on them," said senior Josh Diatte.

Gmoser is hoping to bring convicted drug users, from prison, to actually talk to students. He says the message is simple.

"Heroin has to have that connotation of being something lethal that will kill you, it will take your life and then it kills you."

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