Quick response team for overdose survivors formed

The Findlay Police Department recently received a grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to create a “quick response team” to provide help to overdose survivors.

The amount of the grant was not released.

The team will include one city police officer and a quick response team coordinator from Century Health, according to Century Health.

The agency said that within 72 hours of learning about an opiate overdose, the team will visit the survivor and offer education and referrals to drug treatment agencies for assessment, detoxification, ongoing addiction treatment and aftercare.

Hancock Public Health will also visit to offer further education and provide Naloxone, a drug that rapidly reverses the effects of opioid overdose, to the individual and his or her family.

Bill Fedirka, who is currently employed as a peer recovery specialist for Century Health, will assume the duties of the quick response team coordinator for the project and will work with Cindi Orley, Century Health’s criminal justice program director.

Some similar programs report up to a 70 percent success rate in getting individuals linked with treatment or support services, according to Century Health.

“There is an increasing number of overdoses in our community and a coordinated team response like (quick response team) is a program that the Findlay Police Department is interested in,” Findlay Police Chief John Dunbar said.

Hancock Public Health, Blanchard Valley Health System, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and several other treatment and support agencies are also participating in the effort.



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