A Kentucky community has a new resource to help fight the heroin and opioid epidemic.
Boone County Sheriff's spokesman Maj. Tom Scheben says the initiative, called a Quick Response Team, has seen a success in the nearby Colerain Township in Ohio. A team of three that includes a specially trained sheriff's deputy, an emergency medical services representative and an addiction services counselor will visit those who have overdosed and provide them with resources to fight their addiction.
A statement from the sheriff's office says Colerain has seen a 40 percent reduction in overdoses since starting the program. Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore and Sheriff Michael A. Helmig joined forces to offer the initiative after deciding traditional law enforcement methods weren't working.
Their three-prong approach focuses on education, enforcement and recovery.