Bartholomew County drug offender overdoses hours after being released from jail

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HOPE, Ind.- Investigators say a Bartholomew County man being held on drug charges overdosed just hours after getting out of jail.

On Wednesday morning, 25-year-old Ryan Redmon was released from jail.  Later Wednesday night, officers found Redmon unresponsive and had to administer two rounds of Narcan to revive Redmon.

“It’s really shocking when you do connect the dots of hey this guy is still doing heroin and just got out of jail that morning,” explains Matthew Tallet, Hope’s Town Marshal.

Redmon was serving jail time on drug charges.  He spent about two weeks in the Bartholomew County jail.  Investigators believe he was dealing a batch of heroin laced with drugs like carfentanil, which is an elephant tranquilizer and is 10,000 times more potent than morphine.  Officers believe it’s likely the same tainted heroin is what Redmon used when he overdosed.

“He literally had someone deliver it to him at his grandma’s house and went into her bathroom and shot up, that’s how bad this is getting that people need that fix and fast as they can get it,” explains Tallet.

Last year, the small town of Hope had two heroin overdoses.  So far, this year there have been 11 heroin overdoses.

“You can’t arrest yourself out of the problem,” explains Mitchell Brown, with the Indiana Center for Recovery.

Brown understands the struggle because he’s been there.

“I’ve battled with every drug, heroin by far was the one that took me the longest to get off of,” explains Brown.

Brown feels locking up the drug offenders isn’t the solution, getting addicts treatment is what will stop the problem.

“They need help desperately a year ago, not today, a year ago,” explains Brown.

Brown just moved from southern Florida specifically to start a long term drug treatment facility. The Indiana Center for Recovery opens in Bloomington in a couple weeks.  When and if Redmon gets released, Brown wants him to come check it out.

“At the end of the day we are all human beings that aren’t having a beautiful time with this we need to get through it and we’ll get through it together. It’ll happen,” explains Brown.

The phone number for the Indiana Center for Recovery is 812.822.2510.

Redmon is facing a long list of drug charges and is being held on no bond.  Investigators anticipate more arrests in connection with Redmon’s overdose.