Coalition plans to solve heroin epidemic with response vehicle

Heroin coalition (VIDEO)

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A local coalition has been helping heroin addicts recover from their addiction and plans even more outreach.

The Focus On Hope coalition is comprised of man partners including Colerain Township, Brightview Health, the Cincinnati Addiction Services Council, Clippard Industries, the Community Recovery Project, the Hamilton County Public Health Department, the Northwest Local School District and the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

The group held a meeting Thursday at the Colerain Community Center to discuss what additional outreach is being done in order to help the community's growing heroin epidemic.

One example is Colerain's Quick Response Team or QRT.

Organziers said the QRT is a seperate response vehicle staffed by both a Colerain Twp. firefighter/paramedic and a Colerain Twp Police Officer/EMT to respond quickly anywhere within the township to calls for an overdose, person down, or non-breather – any of which can be a sign of a heroin overdose.

The team is reportedly trained in assisting these victims with finding counseling for their addiction or, in come cases, following up to see that these individuals are receiving encouragement to stay with their interdiction program.

Fire and police agencies from across Ohio and the Tri-State traveled to Colerain to discuss this concept and to see the QRT in action.

Many are hoping to emulate this concept in their communities.

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