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REPORT: Franklin County installing panic buttons for drug addicts, prostitutes

Posted at 6:36 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 18:36:33-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Franklin County will become the first place in the country to use a system that helps people battling drug addiction or prostitution reach out for help, according to News 5's media partners at the Columbus Dispatch.

The county will roll out the alert system early next year.

The county approved a $100,000 contract with Brave Technology to install wireless buttons to provide immediate access for drug users.

An app called "BeSafe" will also be offered to connect around 200 addicts and women involved in prostitution with support in case of an accidental overdose or violence.

Under the contract, around 80 residents will have access to the buttons in their homes. The group is targeting men who have previously been jailed.

To read the Columbus Dispatch's full story, click here.