Toledo mother tells a story of drug addiction

Sarah Phillips sends a message of hope to drug addicts as DART moves to the Lucas County Fair to distribute Narcan and train families in its use.

TOLEDO, Ohio – A mother from southern Toledo and the Drug Abuse Response Team join forces to help you or your loved ones fight drug addiction.

This year, lawyers are set up at the Lucas County Fair ready to train you in the use of a rescue kit.

Sarah Phillips, who has a fiance and a son named Mason, says she has been sober for over three years now because of DARD

“I still remember thinking to myself, ‘I could never do that. I’m going to be addicted the rest of my life,'” said Phillips.

For the first time, she shares with us her story about her fight against drug addiction.

“The prescription pain relievers were, as I said, 18, 19 [years old]. I don’t remember how old I started using heroin and crack cocaine, but all of this sort of led to another. And my addiction got out of hand very, very quickly, ”Phillips said.

Phillips struggled with addiction for about 15 years. For most of this time she says DARD with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office was always by his side.

DARD Lawyer Tamme Smith says it is the unit’s job to save those who are going through a dark time.

“Unfortunately, during the pandemic, what we saw was an influx. An increase in the number of people using and overdosing here in Northwestern Ohio. And it wasn’t just in the Northwest from Ohio. We’ve seen it all over the country, ”Smith said.

This week the unit is installed at Lucas County Fair, distributing Narcan and training people who stop.

“It is imperative that we have, you know, our families, our friends, our neighbors, trained at Narcan. And actually carry this rescue kit. This is again the only thing that will reverse an overdose of. opiates, ”Smith said.

In 2020, DARD agents engaged with 291 people and were able to link 65% of them to processing services.

For Phillips, that kind of interaction is what got her to this point.

“Without the DARD program, I would probably be sitting in jail and I don’t know if I would have been there for my son’s entire life, ”Phillips said.

Now sober and by faith, she can benefit from her family and have the mission to one day open her own treatment center.

“I just want people to know there is hope out there,” Phillips said.

DARD will be again at Lucas County Fair distribute Narcan kits and organize training.

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They are installed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Phillips says you can also contact her on her Facebook page if you need advice or help.

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