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Local expert to appear on ‘Intervention’
Heather Hayes, CEO and founder of Cumming’s Heather Hayes & Associates
Heather Hayes, CEO and founder of Cumming’s Heather Hayes & Associates

A Forsyth County interventionist will be featured soon on a popular program helping those with addictions.

Heather Hayes, CEO and founder of Cumming’s Heather Hayes & Associates, will join the 18th season of A&E’s Emmy-winning series “Intervention” as this season follows connected stories in Atlanta’s “Heroin Triangle.”

“What’s happened is there is an area about 15 miles north of Atlanta that’s deemed the ‘Heroin Triangle’ and now the drug dealers are coming out to the suburbs,” Hayes said, adding: “When they look around the country for spots where it’s extremely problematic … our little [area of] Alpharetta, Cobb County, Forsyth County, part of Gwinnett — that area — is one of the highest in the country.”

Hayes said the drug problem in the triangle — roughly from Cobb County to Hall County to Atlanta — affects young people and affluent areas.

“We’ve always had heroin; we’ve always had heroin deaths,” she said. “What’s happening is now its hitting suburbia, it’s hitting the affluent suburban population, so now, we’re having our honor students and our athletes become addicted to pills [and] switch to heroin. Now they’re just going straight to heroin.”

Hayes said nationally 2,500 kids each day try prescription pills for the first time, and there are more than 100 deaths from opiate overdoses every day.

The new season will premiere at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 with a two-hour event, and Hayes will be featured in all nine of the season’s episodes. Hayes has also been featured on CNN.

Hayes said film crews were present at the Forsyth County Drug Summit in October, where Forsyth County District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills and Solicitor Bill Finch were among those interviewed. Hayes said she was not sure what from the summit made it in the show.

“They were there filming it, interviewing people and that sort of thing,” she said. “They were there for the whole time interviewing.”

Hayes has more than 30 years of experience helping with adolescents, young adults and others dealing with trauma, mental health issues, addiction and eating disorders and is based in Forsyth County.

A trailer for the new season of Intervention and more information on the series is available at AETV.com/shows/Intervention.