The new plan is expected to take prosecution and treatment into account.
Before Anita Bradley was a successful businesswoman she was addicted to the drugs that nearly killed her.
"I really had to hit the lows," she described her former heroin habit.
On Monday, April 21 Law enforcement announced the new aggressive measures to hold heroin dealers accountable to the full extent of the law.
Not counting the first quarter of this year, heroin deaths have skyrocketed locally, increasing by 50 percent since 2012. The epidemic knows no boundaries.
Much of the problem shows up in the suburbs and begins when prescription medications runout. People then turn to the cheaper alternative on the streets which is heroin.
But Anita Bradley with the Northern Ohio Recovery Association says addicts must first realize they need help.
Bradley described, "They have to actually do the work. We can give them information but you got to do the work."
Beyond addicts realizing they need help, law enforcement officers now know how to deal with heroin overdoses.
Part of that instruction comes from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.
"Take the power of forensic science and apply it to what is a very serious problem in our community," said Dr. Thomas Gilson.
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