Hamilton County, Cincinnati Put $400,000 Toward Stopping Heroin

Posted On September 13, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

(Hamilton County, Oh.) – Cincinnati and Hamilton County are pumping major money into the fight against opioid drugs.

Addictions to heroin and other opioids are blamed for most of the nearly 70 drug overdoses reported every week in Hamilton County.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus announced Teusday that the city and county will spend $400,000 on front line programs. Those include a 24/7 addiction treatment phone hotline, expanded quick response teams, and more doses of the overdose reversal drug Narcan.

Quick response teams will receive most of the funding at about $215,000.

Last week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and county health officials announced the start of the Hamilton County Narcan Distribution Collaborative. The program will increase the supply of Narcan, or naloxone, in the county by 400 percent – up to about 30,000 doses of the life-saving drug.