Addiction recovery centers helping reduce overdoses in Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne Police Department said so far this year, more than 700 people have overdosed on drugs here in Fort Wayne, at least 56 people have died.

Posted: Sep 14, 2018 8:57 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2018 10:21 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Addiction recover centers are offering more services here in Fort Wayne.

The Fort Wayne Police Department said so far this year, more than 700 people have overdosed on drugs here in Fort Wayne, at least 56 people have died. Now health officials say recovery centers like Fort Wayne Recovery are helping bring that number down.

"I've been in and out of trouble pretty much all my life up until now," said Tyler Goff who is celebrating 100 days of sobriety.

In March, he decided to seek treatment after being arrested on drug charges.

"Pretty much showed me how to live without using, carried for me when I was at my lowest, took me and showed me actually what it was like to be cared for," Goff said.

At the end of August, police responded to 705 overdoses, which is down about 200 during the same time period last year.

Allen County health commissioner Deborah McMahan said that's partly because of addiction recovery centers.

"This is very difficult on your own. You really need to do it under the advice and counsel of professionals. You're going to find that here," said McMahan.

McMahan said she still wishes there were even more treatment centers in the Summit City.

"Make it easy to go see the professionals as it is to go to the drug store," said McMahan.

And those centers are working for people like Goff.

"It's just a great feeling. I'm doing the best I've done since I started using when I was 13," he said.

Some available resources in our community:

Park Center
Parkview Health
Lutheran Health Network
Fort Wayne Recovery
Bowen Center

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