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niel worked here his entire life beside me everyday.>> It's been 18 months but Scott Weidle is still struggling with the death of his son Daniel.>> This is Daniel and Wes.>> Here with his brother, the photo taken the day before Daniel died.>> Had to call in on the beach.
The worst day of my life.>> A 30 year old father of three, Daniel died from a heroin overdose in 2015, the day after Christmas.>> Just the perfect storm happened. He was left alone and relapsed.>> For Daniel, the problem started in high school when he began to suffer from anxiety.
He experimented with drugs, starting with prescription pain killers then got hooked on heroin.>> I have all kinds of emotions, you know. One day it's outrage, one day's I'm infuriated, and one day I'm in disbelief.>> His father says he could never have imagined his son becoming a statistic in the country's growing opioid crisis.
ntgomery County in Ohio, where the family lives, is number one in the nation for overdose deaths. The county, anchored by the city of Dayton, is on pace to see 800 people die this year from a drug overdose. More than double last year. Opioids are drugs that relieve pain.
They include legal prescription pain killers like oxycodone and morphine, but they also include illegal drugs like heroin and fentanyl. People addicted to pain pills will often turn to heroin when they can no longer get access to prescription pain killers.>> A big part of how we got here is you know the over prescribing of prescription drugs.
>> Scott Weidle is now working with law makers in Ohio to pass legislation to combat the rising tide of overdose deaths. Daniels Law named after his son seeks to cut back on the over prescribing of opioids.>> He had a lot to live for.>> It's a fight, Weidle says, is worth it for others who have lost loved ones.
>> He's a happy kid.>> And now only have memories.