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Heroin addicts find help at their lowest in unique treatment program

Thursday, September 22, 2016

by The Columbus Dispatch

TOLEDO — Jett Hill died before Joe Navarre got to the hospital.

Toledo paramedics quickly revived Hill, a construction worker and heroin addict, with two injections of naloxone, a drug that abruptly and effectively counteracts deadly overdoses.

By the time Navarre, a Lucas County deputy assigned to the Drug Abuse Response Team, got to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center on June 4, 2015, Hill was awake and recovering in the emergency department.

"Are you here to arrest me?" Hill asked. Navarre assured him he wasn't. He just wanted Hill to get help for his addiction.