Pilot Program Aimed At Helping Heroin Addicts

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A northwest Ohio county is getting a $650,000 grant from the state's attorney general to help fund a pilot program for heroin addicts.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the funds will help a Lucas County program create two new victim advocate and clinical positions to assist addicts immediately after a heroin overdose. The grant money also will help with recovery housing for people who have gone through treatment but need support to stay drug-free.

A University of Toledo Ph.D. student will evaluate the program's effectiveness and potential use as a model for other communities.

Like many states, Ohio has seen a surge in heroin use and a sharp rise in overdose deaths.

DeWine says Lucas County was picked largely because of county leaders' efforts to provide support to heroin overdose survivors.