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After hearing a report on the region's heroin epidemic from city officials and community activists Monday, Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann introduced a motion asking that the city find ways to combat what he called "the heroin crisis" in the next city budget.

Cincinnnati police officers, the fire chief and representatives of groups involved in dealing with drug abuse painted a bleak picture for council's Neighborhoods Committe of the the growing epidemic.

Fire Chief Richard Braun says calls to his department on heroin overdoses are growing.

Ann Thompson

Heroin apparently drove a Pleasant Plain, Ohio woman to traffic her 11-year-old daughter to her alleged drug dealer inside a Colerain Avenue apartment.

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Hamilton County is preparing to create a Heroin Task Force aimed at curbing the rapidly increasing number of users and overdoses.

Commission President Greg Hartmann announced the effort during his annual State of the County address Thursday.

"Nine thousand heroin addicts came through our jail in 2013," says Hartmann. "There's seven heroin overdoses per day in the City of Cincinnati. I've begun discussions in Columbus. I'm also going to invite the City and our public health experts."

His office later released the following goals for 2015:

Deputies find heroin in Bible

Jan 16, 2015
Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Two people are accused of trying to smuggle heroin into the Hamilton County Justice Center in a Bible. 

Chief Deputy Mark Schoonover says the Bible was sent to the jail in mid December, and like all mail, it was searched.

A Sheriff’s K-9 indicated the presence of narcotics on the Bible; and deputies took a closer look.  On page 419 and 420, in the Book of Daniel, they noticed a light brown stain, about the size of a half dollar.

Schoonover says deputies cut a small piece of the page out and had it tested.  The results of the test were positive for heroin. 

Hamilton County Sheriff's Department / Provided

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says Monday's search at the jail turned up marijuana, but no heroin.

The department used drug sniffing dogs to search each section of the justice center. One inmate was searched when a K-9 alerted in his pod. Two  small bags of marijuana were found in the inmate's waistband.

The sheriff's office conducts the sweeps randomly. Sheriff Jim Neil says in light of increasing problems with heroin use and overdoses, including several that occurred in the jail, he plans to step up the unannounced searches.

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