A closer look at meth usage in the Tri-state

(FOX19) - Following the drug bust of more than a million dollars worth of meth near Sharonville, FOX19 took a closer look at meth usage in the Tri-State.

One former addict has been clean for a year now but he will deal with the consequences of his drug use for the rest of his life.

He says once drugs like this meth arrive in Greater Cincinnati they can destroy countless lives.

Ron, who only wants to be referred to by his first name due to the nature of this story, says he experimented and became addicted to drugs for several years.

"I used initially the marijuana, crack, cocaine, ecstasy, but meth was my drug of choice," says Ron.

Ron says depressed, he used meth to lift himself up.

"It gives you such energy, and a strong sense of euphoria that you just feel like you can stay up for 72 hours, sometimes an entire week," explains Ron.

But late one night, high on different drugs, Ron says he stopped and eventually passed out inside a gas station.

"That near death experience really ignited a fire in me to say I really don't want to die," says Ron.

Ron's wife Nicole says she wasn't even aware of his drug use, mainly because she'd never been around someone addicted to drugs.

"I knew something was going on, but the way I found out about it was the night that he called me and told me he wasn't going to come home and that he was going to die," explains Nicole.

This experience prompted Ron to get treatment and today he's clean.

"A lot of people would tell me there's no way he's going to be clean, he's a meth addict you can't come off that stuff but he did and I'm very proud of him," says Nicole.

But there's something that stays with him every day because of his past habits.

"Since then I have obtained full blown AIDS and Hepatitis C so there's two types of casualties that can occur. One obviously the death from using and the other is living with a lifelong chronic illness," Ron.

Ron continues to fight his diseases, but he and his wife Nicole say they're thrilled that no one in the tri state will be able to get their hands on the $200,000 worth of meth seized earlier today.

"It's just so challenging and it makes me relieved because more and more younger people are getting involved in drugs," says Ron.

Ron and his wife are fully involved in a program called celebrate recovery. Ron says he's telling his story and trying to encourage other people dealing with similar issues that help is out there.

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