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At county jail, opiate epidemic forces a new way of thinking (2017)

MANSFIELD - On a summer Friday night at the Richland County Jail, a Mansfield police officer brought in a 36-year-old Mansfield woman on a drunkenness charge.

Police and jail staff thought she'd probably just had a little too much to drink. They could smell the alcohol on her, and she couldn't stand up on her own.

She told jail staff her name and age and that she'd been in the jail before.

But when she was taken into the restroom on July 14, an officer could soon tell something was wrong, something more than just drunkenness.