By RYAN DUNN
Hancock County’s first residential treatment center is expected to significantly boost drug recovery for area addicts.
Officials have long worked toward finding a location for addicts to undergo more intensive treatment and constant monitoring.
Those plans are near fruition with the expected December opening of a center, at a former cabinet shop at 2627 Crystal Ave. in Findlay.
The center will house a dozen patients recovering from substance abuse.
The residents will be selected based on need and will stay until completing their program. That typically requires several months of treatment.
The building, with renovations, will cost about $600,000. A wide range of organizations donated to the center.
For “Grandpa Tony” Grotrian, the center is another encouraging sign for his crusade.
Grotrian has focused on substance abuse awareness since his 20-year-old grandson died of a heroin overdose in August 2009.
His efforts are called Operation Save Our Kids. He closely follows drug cases in court, and regularly advocates for recovery programs.
The new Findlay center is exactly the type of treatment that could have helped his grandson, he said.
“Our treatment center increases the opportunities for Hancock County to make a change and save lives,” Grotrian said.
Requiring addicts to travel long distances for treatment increases wait times and makes it more difficult for family members to help, he said.
Grotrian said he hopes Hancock County can eventually have a recovery center dedicated to teaching practical skills.
In the meantime, the treatment center represents progress, he said.
“It has to be right up there at the top,” he said.
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