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Lucas County to be site of AG's pilot heroin recovery program

LUCAS COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has introduced a new program designed to help heroin addicts in northwest Ohio recover.

DeWine has teamed up with the Lucas County Sheriff's Office, the Lucas County Prosecutor and the Lucas County Board of Commissioners for this pilot program.

Instead of sending addicts to jail, the program will allow them to enter a rehab facility.

There were 80 deaths related to heroin overdose in 2013. Already this year, there have been 72. Officials are hoping this program curbs future numbers.

The new initiative is being funded by a $650,000 county grant. Of that money, $500,000 will go toward a recovery housing center that will house approximately 200 people each year. The remaining $150,000 will pay for victim advocates, who will work directly with the addicts and their families.

Law enforcement officials hope the program will take off across Ohio.

"The communities that have started to make progress fighting back have been those communities that have come together," DeWine said. "And where you have leadership, not just from the public officials but from the business community – that's really what it's going to take."

Students at the University of Toledo will study and evaluate the effectiveness of this program for its potential use as a model in other communities. 

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