'We’re not here to get them into any trouble' — Strongsville police take proactive approach to drug overdoses


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — After noticing record-high drug overdoses of opioids, heroin and fentanyl across the country, the Strongsville Police Department has introduced a new initiative to help those battling addiction.

It’s through the department’s Community Opiate Outreach Program, which consists of two parts.

“We found that when the opioid epidemic began that the cycle of arresting people, incarcerating them and just letting them out of jail wasn’t really helping the problem, so this is an alternative to incarceration,” said Strongsville Police Lt. Michael Campbell.