‘Heroin epidemic has hit small town America’: Vow to stop silence, stigma surrounding addiction

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MILAN, Ohio- "The heroin epidemic has hit small town America," said Milan Police Chief Bob Meister, sitting in his police cruiser overlooking a street where a resident died from an overdose.

In a community where just about everyone knows your name, Chief Meister says death is personal. As the heroin epidemic continues to show no boundaries, one woman in Milan is working towards change.

Kim Barman has dedicated her life towards preventing children from becoming addicted to heroin. It's something she says she didn't give much thought to until tragedy forced her hand.

FOX 8 received a rare glimpse into Barman's vow to stop the silence and stigma surrounding addiction in the hopes other families can be spared the life-changing grip addiction can have on loved ones.

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