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Beyond the Call: Sheriff's deputy sheds uniform to save lives  Ohio has been particularly hard hit by the opioid crisis, and sheriff deputies in one county have come up with an innovative idea: they've shed their uniforms and their patrol cars to help addicts.  Twenty officers at the Lucas County Drug Abuse Response Team visit emergency rooms to greet addicts as they come out of their overdose. Addicts are notoriously resistant to help, but the DART team has found they're much more receptive when the person they see bedside is in plain clothes and comes across as more of a buddy than an authority figure. The officers also keep up with the addicts as they try to build a new life, and when they visit them at home, it's in a regular car, not a cop car. Over the past three years, they've responded to at least 2,300 people who've overdosed, and nearly 80% have gone to detox. We accompany DART team member Charles Johnson as he rushes to ER's in the Toledo area, and as he visits recovering addicts who are trying to rebuild their lives.
Beyond the Call: Sheriff's deputy sheds uniform to save lives  Ohio has been particularly hard hit by the opioid crisis, and sheriff deputies in one county have come up with an innovative idea: they've shed their uniforms and their patrol cars to help addicts.  Twenty officers at the Lucas County Drug Abuse Response Team visit emergency rooms to greet addicts as they come out of their overdose. Addicts are notoriously resistant to help, but the DART team has found they're much more receptive when the person they see bedside is in plain clothes and comes across as more of a buddy than an authority figure. The officers also keep up with the addicts as they try to build a new life, and when they visit them at home, it's in a regular car, not a cop car. Over the past three years, they've responded to at least 2,300 people who've overdosed, and nearly 80% have gone to detox. We accompany DART team member Charles Johnson as he rushes to ER's in the Toledo area, and as he visits recovering addicts who are trying to rebuild their lives.

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Cops shed uniforms to save addicts

Ohio has been hit particularly hard by the opioid crisis, and police in one county have come up with an innovative idea to combat it: they shed their uniforms to help addicts.

Cops shed uniforms to save addicts

Ohio has been hit particularly hard by the opioid crisis, and police in one county have come up with an innovative idea to combat it: they shed their uniforms to help addicts.