Lucas Co Sheriff's office investigates heroin overdoses as homic - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Lucas Co Sheriff's office investigates heroin overdoses as homicides

Posted: Updated:
The Lucas County Sheriff's Office has joined hands with other agencies to fight the heroin epidemic. Investigators are now treating heroin overdoses like homicides. Firefighters and hospital officials will now notify the sheriff's office when someone dies of an overdose.

"People are dying families are getting crushed. The epidemic is growing its not going away," said Lucas County commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak.

County leaders mapped out the number of heroin overdoses and say they are devastating. In 2013 the coroners office recorded 80 heroin deaths. This year from January until May 60 people died from the drug. The victims are mostly white men.

"When someone overdoses we will treat those as a homicide," said Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp.  

 Investigators are being trained to look for evidence. Evidence that will help investigators track down the dealer.  

"Is the heroin packets that are still there do they match overdoses from other deaths that occurred," said the sheriff.

"If we can find the sellers. If we can find the person that sticks the needle in the arm that kills the young boy then maybe that is the stick maybe that is a criminal prosecution for involuntary manslaughter, manslaughter or even murder," said Lucas County prosecutor Julia Bates.  

The sheriff's office is keeping a close eye on what they call the hot spot areas where they've seen multiple deaths.

"If they want to take the responsibility to go out and sell drugs and take that chance of knowing the drug they are selling could overdose and die, they're going to be held responsible," said the sheriff.  

The sheriff says his department will do whatever it takes to combat this epidemic. A drug problem that's tearing apart families.

"We are hear to stand by our families in our community and we are grateful this isn't waiting another day to get off the ground," said commissioner Wozniak. 
  • LocalMore>>

  • $3.5 million left after transfer to balance Toledo's budget

    $3.5 million left after transfer to balance Toledo's budget

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:05:31 GMT
    $3.5 million; that's how much money the city has left over after a transfer to balance the 2014 budget."This is good news," city finance director, George Sarantou said. Expensess were kept down and we did come out ahead of this. We're taking very seriously our mission and that is to reduce the dependency on the capital improvements budget."In March, city council passed a budget that included the transfer of $14.1 million from the CIP to the general fund to balance the books. But the city only...
    $3.5 million; that's how much money the city has left over after a transfer to balance the 2014 budget."This is good news," city finance director, George Sarantou said. Expensess were kept down and we did come out ahead of this. We're taking very seriously our mission and that is to reduce the dependency on the capital improvements budget."In March, city council passed a budget that included the transfer of $14.1 million from the CIP to the general fund to balance the books. But the city only...
  • Oregon Schools seeking emergency levy

    Oregon Schools seeking emergency levy

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:31:19 GMT
    Oregon school board members painted a not so pretty picture of their budget outlook Thursday night. The district is seeking a 5.9-mil emergency levy on the 2014 November ballot. If approved, it would collect more than $2.8 million per year over the next five years."We can survive until November of next year but then that becomes the drop dead date and by next November's campaign we'd have to have a list of things we would have to close down to make ends meet," says Dr. Lonny Rivera, superinte...
    Oregon school board members painted a not so pretty picture of their budget outlook Thursday night. The district is seeking a 5.9-mil emergency levy on the 2014 November ballot. If approved, it would collect more than $2.8 million per year over the next five years."We can survive until November of next year but then that becomes the drop dead date and by next November's campaign we'd have to have a list of things we would have to close down to make ends meet," says Dr. Lonny Rivera, superinte...
  • State revokes license of Toledo’s only abortion clinic

    State revokes license of Toledo’s only abortion clinic

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:08:10 GMT
    Capital Care Network on West Sylvania Avenue is scheduled to be shut down as a surgery center in less than two weeks.
    Capital Care Network on West Sylvania Avenue is scheduled to be shut down as a surgery center in less than two weeks.

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • $3.5 million left after transfer to balance Toledo's budget

    $3.5 million left after transfer to balance Toledo's budget

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:05:31 GMT
    $3.5 million; that's how much money the city has left over after a transfer to balance the 2014 budget."This is good news," city finance director, George Sarantou said. Expensess were kept down and we did come out ahead of this. We're taking very seriously our mission and that is to reduce the dependency on the capital improvements budget."In March, city council passed a budget that included the transfer of $14.1 million from the CIP to the general fund to balance the books. But the city only...
    $3.5 million; that's how much money the city has left over after a transfer to balance the 2014 budget."This is good news," city finance director, George Sarantou said. Expensess were kept down and we did come out ahead of this. We're taking very seriously our mission and that is to reduce the dependency on the capital improvements budget."In March, city council passed a budget that included the transfer of $14.1 million from the CIP to the general fund to balance the books. But the city only...
  • Car crashes into Dick's Sporting Goods in Perkins Twp.

    Car crashes into Dick's Sporting Goods in Perkins Twp.

    Two people were hospitalized after a car smashed into a Dick's Sporting Goods store in Perkins Twp.
  • Player ordered to trial for fatal punch of referee

    Player ordered to trial for fatal punch of referee

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:36:18 GMT
    A recreational soccer player will stand trial for the one-punch slaying of a referee who was about to penalize and eject him from a game in suburban Detroit.
    A recreational soccer player will stand trial for the one-punch slaying of a referee who was about to penalize and eject him from a game in suburban Detroit.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!