It's a growing epidemic in Northeast Ohio as well as across the nation; but how do you talk with your child one-on-one about the dangers of heroin?

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It's a growing epidemic in Northeast Ohio as well as across the nation; but how do you talk with your child one-on-one about the dangers of heroin?

In a new article written by Dr. Stephen Sroka in Your Teen Magazine, Dr. Sroka asserts step one is to be proactive with your kids through education.

"You gotta put the blinders down and realize when you say 'not my kid not this community' that's your first warning sign cause you don't have any guarantee it won't happen that way," explained Dr. Sroka.

"In the past no one cared about inner city poor kids…but now it's affecting the rich in the suburbs…this disease doesn't care who you are and actually for many kids the more money, the more time, the more at risk," he continued.

According to the latest numbers available from the Department of Health, a record number 680 people in Ohio died from heroin-related overdoses in 2012.

On Monday the Cuyahoga County Heroin Task Force will hold a press conference addressing a new collaborative and aggressive approach to combating this growing problem.

"It's not going to be one thing..we just can't do it with the police, we can't do it with the lawyers, with just the doctors, can't do it with just the teachers, and just the parents…it's gotta be comprehensive," said Dr. Sroka.

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