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Local detective talks to Edison students about drugs
By Bob Robinson

“It’s no longer heroin,” said Greenville Detective Eric Roberts. “It’s fentanyl.” Fentanyl is more potent than morphine… and much stronger than heroin.

Roberts spoke to three Edison State Community College Fundamentals of Communications classes recently about drugs and drug deaths in Greenville. A long-time member of and detective for the Greenville Police Department, one of his duties is investigating possible drug-related deaths.

“It’s an epidemic,” he told the students.

Roberts talked about the different drugs that have plagued Greenville and answered questions, including those about Narcan, an antidote that blocks heroin, fentanyl and other opoiods.

“It reverses the effects,” he said. “It also takes away the ‘high’ the user is experiencing. Sometimes the user will come up swinging.” Roberts acknowledged that some addicts had overdosed, requiring Narcan intervention, multiple times in a single day.

Roberts also expressed a major concern about carfentanil, a drug even much stronger than fentanyl, noting it’s in Cincinnati; it’s only a matter of time before it’s in Darke County.

“Carfentanil is so strong it can be ingested through the skin, by breathing. It’s used legally as an elephant tranquilizer.” He added that pure carfentanil, about the size of a quarter, is potent enough to wipe out a city the size of Greenville.

Edison Communications students are preparing for their Team Communications Capstone; their final speech, to be delivered in weeks 15 and 16. The topic this spring is Respect for Self and Others, which includes addressing drug abuse. Most students will also take their message by invitation to students in Darke County school districts.

The presentations are directed toward kindergarten through sixth grades. Courtesy and Respect are the focus for the younger presentations; drug abuse is the focus for the older students.


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