Sarah Phillips sends a message of hope to addicts as DART builds at the Lucas County Fair to distribute Narcan and educate families on its use.
TOLEDO, Ohio – A mother from southern Toledo and the Drug Abuse Response Team are teaming up to help you or your loved ones fight drug addiction.
This year, attorneys at the Lucas County Fair will be hired to train you on how to use a life saving kit.
Sarah Phillips, who has a fiancé and son named Mason, says she has been sober for more than three years because of DART
“I remember thinking, ‘I’ll never make it. I’ll be a drug addict for the rest of my life,'” said Phillips.
For the first time she shares with us her story about her fight against addiction.
“The prescription pain pills were, as I said, 18, 19 [years old]. I can’t remember what age I started using heroin and crack, but it all somehow led to another. And my addiction got out of hand very, very quickly, “Phillips said.
Phillips struggled with addiction for about 15 years. She says DART has been by her side with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office most of the time.
DART attorney Tamme Smith says it is the unit’s job to save people going through dark times.
“Unfortunately we saw an influx during the pandemic. An increase in the number of people who actually consume and overdose here in northwest Ohio. And that wasn’t just the case in northwest Ohio. We’ve seen it all over the country, ”said Smith.
This week the unit will be set up at the Lucas County Fair to give away Narcan and train people who drop by.
“It is imperative that you know our families, our friends, our neighbors, be educated in Narcan. And actually carry this life-saving kit with you. Again, this is the only thing that can reverse an opiate overdose, ”said Smith.
In 2020, DART officials dealt with 291 people and were able to link 65 percent of them to treatment services.
For Phillips, that kind of interaction got them to that point.
“Without the DART program, I would probably be in jail and I don’t know if I would have spent my son’s life there,” said Phillips.
Now sober and by faith, she can enjoy her family and has a mission to one day open her own treatment center.
“I just want people to know that there is hope out there,” said Phillips.
DART will be back at the Lucas County Fair to give away narcan kits and provide training.
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They are set up from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phillips says you can also reach her on their Facebook page if you need advice or help.