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Opiate treatment program in Lucas County Jail gets national attention

Monday, October 16, 2017

by WTOL Channel 11


Mark O'Neil works with many jail inmates who are addicted to opiates and heroin. But to his surprise, many of them say jail was the best thing that happened to them.

“What surprised me was just how much they were grateful that they were in jail, because it saved their lives and gave them pause," said O’Neill.

What saved their lives was being forced to get through the dreaded withdrawal from heroin, and to think about what to do next.