By Julian Teekaram, Weekend anchor/Video Journalist - bio | email
Hancock County -
Deaths from accidental drug overdose are down in Hancock County. And the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board is doing their part to make sure it stays that way.
Two years ago the agency received a grant from the Federal government to curb opiate drug addiction in the area. In 2009, deaths from overdose were at a recent high of 13, that number dropped to 10 in 2011.
Although Hancock County seems to have the problem under control, officials say the surrounding counties could be a bad influence.
"The counties with the ten highest death rates in the state of Ohio, one of them is contiguous to Hancock County which is Hardin County. And one is only one county away which is Crawford County. So we've been really concerned about securing our borders," said Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board member Precia Stuby.