Monica Robins

On the April 14, 2013, edition of Cleveland Connection we talk about heroin addiction.  More people in Northeast Ohio now die from drug overdoses than car accidents. Heroin deaths were up 170% in Cuyahoga County in the past five years.

Host Katherine Boyd sits down with Monica Robins, WKYC-TV’s Senior Health correspondent, to talk about this alarming trend.

Listen to the podcast here:  Monica’s interview is about 15 minutes into the show.


On Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. on WKYC-TV3, Monica is hosting a new, hour-long special called “Heroin: Old Drug, New Killer Epidemic.”  It will explore heroin addiction, the epidemic, and steps people can take to get clean.

Learn more about Heroin: Old Drug, New Killer Epidemic here. 

Here are some startling statistics from Monica’s report:


  • Heroin is the new epidemic in cities and in suburbia
  • Heroin fatalities in Cuyahoga County alone were up 170% from 2007 to 2012.
  • Heroin fatalities for Geauga County are increasing in all socio economic groups, seeing users as young as 11.
  • Heroin use is increasing among 18-25 year olds.
  • 4  Ohioans die each day of drug related overdose. This surpasses auto fatalities.
  • Why heroin? It’s cheap and it’s available.
  • Abuse of opiate prescription drugs is the largest contributor to this epidemic.


  • WKYC TV is producing an hour long documentary that will air on Channel 3 at 7pm on April 18th. It will address the heroin epidemic across Northeast Ohio .
  • We are working with numerous county drug task forces, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, addicts and their families to provide an in-depth look at the problem.
  • From that documentary, WKYC will create a 15 minute dvd for use in schools, pta meetings, community gatherings, etc.
  • Parents will watch our documentary on Channel 3, but it’s unlikely kids will. It’s critical we get this information in front of them.
  • We are asking area schools to partner with WKYC and agree to show this dvd in assemblies in middle and high schools before the end of the school year.

WKYC-TV will also host a web-chat on its website after the special airs on April 18, 2013.  Log onto to its website to take part:


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