Cheatham Co. drug epidemic has unusual effect on bail bonds industry

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There have been two overdose deaths this year in Cheatham County.  

According to EMA officials, 29 overdose patients have been saved by first responders armed with 40 doses of Narcan since Jan. 1.   

The overdose problem is so bad, it affects families, first responders, and has even infiltrated many occupations, including the bail bond business. 

According to Hank Salyer of A Around The Clock Bail Bonds in Cheatham County, the drug epidemic has gotten so bad, families have called him looking to get their loved one’s bond revoked so they’ll go back to jail and can’t do any more drugs. 

Hank Salyer has been in the bail bond business for 30 years and in that time he’s seen just about everything, including families who think their loved ones are safer behind bars than free and tempted by drugs. 

 “The family is expecting us to be drug intervention personnel and we are not trained in that,” said Salyer.  

He says his company recently bonded a thief out of jail, then the man overdosed on heroin and almost died. While he was in the hospital, the man’s family came to Salyer with the unusual request of putting their loved one back in jail, something Salyer was unable to do in this case. 

“I can’t go into the ER and take him into custody,” said Salyer. “The issue I have is, he didn’t become a heroin addict overnight. When they bonded him out, they knew he was on heroin at the time they made his bond. It is sad. It is sad.”  

The man’s whereabouts are currently unknown. He is still out on bond and has not missed any of his court dates.  

Salyer told News 2 while jail is one option for getting clean and sober, he’s also seen suspects bond out of jail and then get treatment for their addictions. 

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