On the front line in the battle against heroin addiction

Medina County welcomes new treatment center
Published: Apr. 21, 2016 at 1:03 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2016 at 1:43 PM EDT
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MEDINA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - So far this year, 20 people in Medina County have died due to their addiction to heroin.

In some parts of this rural but very beautiful county in Ohio, residents have a tough time finding or even getting to a treatment facility. That is now slowly changing.

A New Day Treatment Center just opened up its doors in Lodi at 402 Highland Drive.

Co-owner Sarah Olenik is giving Cleveland 19 News a tour.

"So this is our group room," Olenik says during the tour.

This is on the front lines in Medina County in the battle against heroin addiction.

A New Day is fighting back.

Cleveland 19 wants to know: How big of an issue could heroin addiction be in beautiful Medina County?

"I think it's a huge issue that each of us is responsible to understand," A New Day co-owner Alex Figueiredo says.

Olenik and Figueiredo are taking a leap of faith to help those in need. Last year, more than 100 people overdosed on heroin in Medina County.

Both are renovating the former Lodi Medical Building on Highland Drive.

They will work without pay until the state gives New Day accreditation, which under a new Ohio law could take another six months.

That's giving back -- big time.

"The great thing about being here is a lot of people can walk to get our services," Olenik says.

So you don't have to fight this addition alone. You will find intense individual therapy here, and group therapy.

New Day might have the answer you're looking for to save your life.

"This is a tremendous need in our area," Olenik adds. "People are dying. This is somebody's son. Somebody's daughter."

You can contact A New Day at 330-636-1741, or log onto their website.

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