Recovering heroin addict helps open detox/treatment center in Maumee

Recovering heroin addict helps open detox/treatment center in Maumee

15 months ago Matt Bell was at his breaking point.

“When I looked in the mirror I didn’t recognize myself anymore,” Bell said.

Things weren’t always that way. At 19, he played baseball for the University of Toledo. He had surgery for an injured shoulder, and the pain pills eventually led to heroin.

He overdosed and landed in jail multiple times.

“I had pushed everybody away in my family, my friends. I was completely alone and I was miserable, and I’m just not that kind of person.”

That’s when he reached out to Drug Abuse Response Team, or DART.

Lt. Robert Chromik with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office heads the program. The goal is to get addicts in treatment, and keep them out of jail.

“These are high risk individuals that are on the brink of ether dying or committing serious crime to keep their addiction going,” Chromik said.

He said more than 2,000 people in Lucas County have overdosed on opiates in 2016, yet there are less than 40 detox beds.

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