Lucas County DART Program featured on CNN

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Our country is battling a growing and ever changing health crisis with the heroin epidemic. To stay one step ahead of the epidemic, law enforcement continues to find new ways to prevent more tragic stories of addiction. CNN visited Lucas County this week to profile the sheriff's Drug Abuse Response Team or DART Unit. "CNN really felt that this was
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Initiative looks to train Toledo residents in use of Narcan

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sarah Heslet’s life had once been defined by addiction. A longtime alcoholic and cocaine addict, she began snorting Oxycontin in 2004 and taking heroin in 2008. It wasn’t until 2015, when she woke up one morning to the realization that “51 percent wanted me to live and 49 percent wanted me to die,” that she ended the potentially
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Toledo man found guilty of several charges stemming from multi-state drug-trafficking operation

Monday, July 24, 2017

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A federal jury has found a Toledo man guilty of conspiracy to distribute over 1 kilogram of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine. Ricky Thompson, 43, was convicted on Friday on several charges by a federal jury in Nashville, Tenn. The charges include conspiracy to commit money laundering; possession of firearms in furtherance of drug
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Michigan companies can't fill jobs because too many people can't pass a drug test

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Macomb County factory owner sees a chance to increase production at his metal-stamping plant. He puts out a call for job applicants and dozens respond. About half are rejected. Why? They cannot pass a basic pre-employment drug test. A major manufacturing facility in Detroit furloughs workers during a downturn. When 100 of the workers are called back
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Michigan opioid OD deaths jumped 54% between 2015 and 2016

Friday, July 14, 2017

LANSING, Mich. -- Overdose deaths from opioids other than heroin jumped 54 percent between 2015 and 2016, and have more than tripled since 2012, according to data released Thursday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. A total of 1,365 died from opioid overdoses in 2016, compared to 884 in 2015 and 426 in 2012. That doesn't include
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More and more Ohio drivers are impaired by drugs

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The answer to how often an Ohio driver’s blood or urine sample tested positive for fentanyl used to be “never,” says a crime lab chief at the State Highway Patrol. But over the past three months, the powerful synthetic opioid — 50 times stronger than morphine and often mixed with heroin — has been detected in about 1 in 20
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