Officers received a memo outlining the change in late August. Long said he was uncertain how many charges had been filed under the new policy.
The change was made after he was approached by Lenee Brosh, a prosecutor in the county Municipal Court, and follows similar changes seen in some other Ohio communities, Long said. Brosh was not immediately available for comment.
“It has a little bit more teeth. It gives us, the courts, a little more latitude in what we can do with people as far as penalties,” Long said of the change.
The change followed an increase in the numbers of overdoses and in overdose deaths in the county during the first part of this year. The number of overdoses “has calmed down” since July, Long said.
Miami County recorded 25 overdose deaths in the first six months of 2017 compared to 20 for the year 2016, according to statistics from the county coroner’s office. The number of deaths also dropped off in July and August, Coroner William Ginn said.