Geauga County: Commissioners join fight against heroin

11:30 AM, Aug 1, 2013   |    comments
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GEAUGA -- Geauga County Juvenile/Probate Judge Tim Grendell is asking the Geauga County Board of Commissioners to make the fight against heroin a priority.

According to a chart created by Geauga County Job and Family Services, Grendell has had to place 20 Geauga County children in their custody since April 15, 2012 because of heroin and opiate use.

Since that chart was created, that number has grown to 30, including four children who were removed from their homes this past Friday alone.

The Geauga County Board of Commissioners spent $700,000 in 2013 paying down already budgeted fixed capital costs, but has no money specifically designated to address the costs of rising heroin use.

Grendell suggested County Commissioner Spidalieri's plan, which would set aside money that is budgeted and allocated for the fight against heroin, but cannot be released without application by agencies and without further review by the Board.

Associated Press

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