Tuscarawas County Sheriff Describes Local Drug Epidemic

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Michaela Madison Reporting

(September 8th) New Philadelphia, Ohio – Following the announcement of a more than $83,000 state grant, Tuscarawas County’s Sheriff is detailing how critical the funds are to the local effort to curb the drug epidemic.

Sheriff Orvis Campbell explained that while the office didn’t receive the full amount requested, the money will still help address the problem from multiple angles.

“In a lot of cases, it may be a situation where a law enforcement office, a paramedic, and a counselor or a peer counselor will respond to try to talk to those individuals, shortly after an overdose, and try to get them into treatment.”

Sheriff Campbell added that the money will give law enforcement officials a different perspective that allows them to respond to calls with more in mind than making an arrest.

However; Sheriff Campbell explained they face an obstacle in that they don’t always have immediate treatment options available.

“Actually getting the beds for detoxification. We’re working closely with the ADAHMS board, who have been some of our greatest allies over the years in coming up with some additional monies and a plan to get people in. There’s a great shortage of detox in this part of the state.”

Sheriff Campbell says overall, the funds will allow those involved in the collaborative effort to consider all sides of the problem and better equip them in the effort to solve it.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office recently distributed $3 million to law enforcement agencies across the state.

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