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Heroin Users: Prosecutors will not stop going after drug dealers

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Rafael Torres (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor) Rafael Torres (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor)
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Ralph Torres and Rafael Torres, II, are both accused of dealing a deadly mix of heroin, known as "china white."

The cause of at least one fatal overdose and four near-fatal overdoses on Cleveland's near west side earlier this week.

"We see people from all walks of life getting hooked on heroin," says Doctor James Rodio.

It's a drug that doesn't discriminate. A drug that reels you in and takes hold of your life. A drug that has deadly results.

"Most people who walk through the door are surprised themselves that they are using heroin," says Dr. Rodio.

Doctor James Rodio with the Center for Effective Living in Fairview Park works with people trying to rid heroin of their lives.

He tells us the increased use of the drug is alarming. He's seen a 50 percent increase in patients who are addicted.

"I never thought it would get to this point," says a recovering heroin addict.

The man didn't want to be identified got hooked on heroin at 23 after experimenting with pain pills in high school. He spent four years shooting up.

" It just ruins your life. Everyday you just wake up and that's what you're thinking about where can I go where can I get money from," says the man.

He stole from family and friends. His addiction led to an arrest.

He got clean for a year and relapsed several months ago.

He knows that going back to the drug is like playing Russian Roulette, that one fix could be fatal. 

"That's what just scares me. I don't know what's down the road for me," says the recovering addict.

Two other people also died this week in Cuyahoga County from heroin overdoses.

Prosecutors say they will continue to go after dealers -- who are offering up these deadly mixes.

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