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Judge tells Struthers man he can beat addiction

Published: Sat, June 15, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Joe Gorman



When Ronny Daviduk was asked what options he has in fighting his heroin addiction problem as he was being sentenced Friday, he said they were death and jail.

Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court said there was a third one — recovery.

“It doesn’t have to be jail or death,” Judge Durkin said.

Daviduk, 29, of Elm Street in Struthers, who told the judge he had been addicted to heroin since he was 16, was sentenced to three years for the charges of breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and fleeing and eluding.

At the root of those crimes and several others dating back to 2001 is his addiction to heroin, said his attorney, Katherine Rudzik. She said most of his crimes are thefts to get money to buy drugs and that she had seen him before his last arrest in November when he was sober, and she said he looked like another person.

“I think he has the desire to stay sober, but not the skills,” Rudzik said.

Daviduk pleaded guilty to the charges in May. Boardman police say he was a suspect in the theft of a television from English’s Pub on Nov. 28 from an outdoor patio and that an officer spotted him driving a car on Midlothian Boulevard. But when police tried to stop him, he drove away through the South Side and Mill Creek Park before parking the car he was driving at a ravine near East Newport Drive and running away on foot.

Youngstown and Mill Creek MetroParks Police assisted and found Daviduk on a back porch of a Kiwatha Road home missing a shoe, reports said.

Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Trapp told Durkin prison was necessary because of Daviduk’s long criminal record. A search of Mahoning County records shows just more than 20 criminal charges have been filed against him in common pleas or county court since 2001.

Daviduk read from a handwritten statement before he was sentenced and told Durkin he knew he had made bad choices and that he had to face the consequences for what he had done. He said he was sorry for anyone he had hurt, especially his family and children.

He said he has two children and had a job working construction last year before he got arrested and was feeling good, but when the construction season began to slow down he said he started becoming anxious, and that’s when he got back into drugs.

“I got depressed and started using harder and harder,” Daviduk said. “I lost complete control of my life.”

Judge Durkin, who also runs the county’s drug court, said he sees people all the time who battle drug problems, and he mentioned a man he knows who died last week of a heroin overdose. He told Daviduk that beating drugs can be done.

“There are people who have been in here who have overcome,” Judge Durkin said. “It is possible.”


1taxme(361 comments)posted 3 years ago

Another casualty of the most addictive drug alcohol! To bad society accepts this heroin like legal drug. Families keep plenty around their homes, push it on their children because they think it won't lead to other drugs like oxy, valium ect(it is the gateway drug ( Ya "Drink Responsible) what a farce that saying is. WHo's bright idea was it to make it legal? Look how may lives its taken!

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2steelwagon(284 comments)posted 3 years ago

I totally agree with taxme.
I've said for years if there is any such thing as a gateway drug it's alcohol.

Alcohol has caused more deaths,destruction of families ect than all the other addictive drugs combined.

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3kensgirl(1056 comments)posted 3 years ago

People would be shocked to find how bad the heroin problem is around here. Every day in the Vindy there is an obituary about another heroin death although they can't print the cause. People continuously make bad choices and the rest of society pays for it. Didn't Nancy Reagan say "Just say no?" I don't get it. Rehab facilities are full of addicts but most go back to the problem after release. So sad what it's doing to society.

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