It was a quick spiral down. Alex Elswick’s addiction began with a prescription to opioids following surgery at age 18. Over the next five years, his addiction took him to jail, to numerous treatment centers, to being homeless in four different cities, and eventually, to sleeping under a bridge in Dayton, Ohio and heroin use.
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Tara Moseley Hyde made an interesting discovery when she underwent treatment for her addiction at age 23. “Being in recovery at such a young age was not the social norm,” she recalls. “I felt like the odd man out being young and in recovery. I knew I needed resources and I knew there were other people out there who needed them, too.”
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As the opioid crisis worsened, many judges in Kentucky began noticing a disturbing pattern. A growing number of criminal defendants were overdosing and dying before their cases could be concluded. The judges figured keeping them behind bars and alive was better than the alternative. So, they increased cash bonds. That sent the jail population soaring. Clearly, another approach was needed.