UNION TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Warren County officials are offering cash rewards for tips leading to the arrest of heroin traffickers.
The new initiative was announced Friday by the Warren County Sheriff's Office and Drug Task Force.
Officials are asking resident to help stop heroin dealers with a billboard at the intersection of South State Route 48 and Mason-Morrow-Millgrove Road in Union Township.
"You know we're anxious to see how successful this will be. This phone number has been live today and it's ringing off the hook already,"
said Major Steve Arrasmith, Commander of the Warren County Drug Task Force.
The billboard encourages anonymous tips in exchange for cash. Tips can be made by calling or texting 513-427-CALL (2255).
"The epidemic is very real and I think people are starting to understand that," added Major Arrasmith. "It's affecting families everywhere regardless of where you live. I think this is a step in the right direction as far as people trying to get involved in helping us."
Deaths from unintentional drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, exceeding the number of motor vehicle crash-related fatalities. Warren County experienced a 42 percent increase in heroin related overdose deaths from 2014-2015, officials report.