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Colerain's Response to Opiate Epidemic a Model Throughout the Region
Posted Mar 12, 2018

The Quick Response Team (QRT) model for confronting the opiate epidemic, created in Colerain Township, continues to draw support from afar.  Most recently, it was cited as the model for similar QRT programs in Lake County, Ohio and Huntington, WV.


According to the Lake County News-Herald,


"The inspiration for the Quick Response Team came from Colerain Township in Hamilton County in Southwest Ohio. The township’s QRT began in July 2015. In September the Lake County Sheriff’s Office received an $80,000 grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to help launch the program locally.
The program is now available throughout the county to cities and townships that agree to provide overdose information to the core QRT team."

According to this article, Huntington, WV is following Colerain's lead as well:


Searching for options with overdoses records skyrocketing, city leaders happened upon the Quick Response Team method, a program used in Colerain Township, Ohio. A Cincinnati suburb with the same opioid problems of the Ohio River Valley, the township was recording overdose totals in the low hundreds — while Cabell County was recording well over 1,000. Around 80 percent of overdose victims sought treatment after meeting with Colerain’s QRT.
“That was a big light bulb on many of our parts that we’ve got to do this — it’s working, and we’ve got to do this in Huntington,” said Bob Hansen, director of addiction services at Marshall Health, who planned and organized Huntington’s QRT based on Colerain’s success. “I think everybody was ready to do something else and something different.”