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Hamilton County starts Opioid Quick Response Team

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Cracking down on opioids is the goal of a new program in Hamilton County.

County authorities are implementing the program called the Opioid Quick Response Team. It is made up of a law enforcement officer, a firefighter or medic, and a peer recovery specialist. They will meet with Hamilton County overdose victims and try to get them into treatment programs. 

Officials said the program was needed.

Monica Greer, executive director of the Hamilton County Council on Alcohol & Other Drugs, said, “Over the past several years, opioid abuse has increased in an alarming rate in Hamilton County. In 2018, our dispatch received 459 overdose calls and unfortunately 38 opioid overdose deaths confirmed in Hamilton County.”

Grants from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addictions are helping to fund the program. 

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