Our Story

Responding to the public health and safety crisis, Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp launched the Addiction Resource Unit in July of 2014. This unit was the first of its kind in our nation. Today, our D.A.R.T. Unit reaches far beyond their traditional roles as first responders, and has engaged the unit directly with linkage to treatment for victims and their families.

Our Goal

To raise awareness about the dangers associated with Heroin and other drug usage.


To stop the profound number of deaths of our friends and loved ones caused by opiate overdoses while helping victims to overcome their addictions. We also aim to educate and support the family and friends of these victims.

Who We Are

The D.A.R.T. Unit is composed of a Lucas County Sheriff's Office Captain, Sergeant, and multiple deputy sheriffs, as well as forensic counselors and officers from other local jurisdictions.

Nonemergency Contact Information

To reach the D.A.R.T. Unit of the Lucas County Sheriff's Office call:
(419) 213-6582