Wood County Jail may expand to meet demands of heroin epidemic

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (13abc Action News) - At any given time the majority of inmates at the Wood County Jail are detoxing from some type of drug, whether it's heroin or alcohol. As a result Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn is requesting up to $9 million in funding for an addition to the current jail.

"We don't have the booking space for all the people we have detoxing in the jail," says Wasylyshyn, "It's not uncommon for us to have all five holding cells full. Not only detoxing from heroin but from alcohol other drugs and it's very intense and it takes a lot of resources on our end."

Meantime Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson is overseeing Wood Counties Addiction Response Collaborative.

This organization has a Detective Sgt. from the Wood County Sheriff's Office to offer treatment in lieu of jail if they successfully complete treatment.