Local law enforcement, addiction teams get money to fight opioids


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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rob Streck discusses the opioid addiction crisis during a townhall on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at the Christian Life Center in Butler Township. LYNN HULSEY/Staff

Several local law enforcement agencies have been awarded money to help fight the opioid crisis through quick response teams.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Wednesday, announced the awards — totalling $3 million for 40 agencies statewide — that will be used to replicate or expand Drug Abuse Response Teams (DARTs) and/or Quick Response Teams (QRTs).

These types of teams are generally made up of law enforcement officers, drug treatment providers and others who assist overdose survivors in the recovery process. The teams visit survivors immediately after an overdose and offer counseling and referrals to drug rehabilitation facilities for assessment, detoxification, on-going drug treatment, and aftercare.

The goal is to reduce overdose deaths, reduce repeated overdoses per victim, and increase the support network for survivors and their families.

The following local agencies got awards:

  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, $125,000 for GROW program.
  • Springfield Police Division, $100,000 for Springfield Safe Streets Task Force.
  • Hamilton Police Department, $100,000 for Golden Ticket program.
  • Piqua Police Department, $50,000 for Heroin Education and Addiction Recovery Team.
  • Troy Police Department, $50,000 for Quick Response Team.
  • Sidney Police Department, $50,000 for Sidney Addict Assitance Team.

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