2017 showcases Middletown's strength in fight against drugs, overdoses

2017 showcases Middletown's strength in fight against drugs, overdoses (WKRC)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKRC) - On this Christmas Day, one Tri-State community is in the midst of a rebirth.

Middletown has seen a lot of negative publicity turn positive and the city has its own people to thank for that.

2017 has been like two years in one for the city of Middletown. Earlier in the year, there were images of paramedics responding to heroin overdoses. The city was hit hard. People were dying. Then the trend reversed. Overdoses declined. Drug arrests increased. The people of Middletown stepped up.

Then, 2017 ended with images of kindness and community. Droves of people turning out to donate to nine children who recently lost their mother to a drug overdose. Middletown responded to make sure Jamita Sanders' children had a Christmas.

People gave whatever they could. Five dollars here, ten dollars there. It was an incredible display of giving. Middletown had rebounded.

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw sees hope for the new year. There will be bad times, he says, but it's how people respond to those bad times.

This year the people of Middletown responded in a big way.

There were so many items collected for those nine children, that police were able to give some of the items to other agencies to help children and families in need.

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