Quick Response Teams Reducing Overdose Deaths In NKY
By Travis Thayer
(Boone County, Ky.) – A collaborative effort to reduce drug overdoses in Boone County is getting results.
Boone County Coroner Missy Rittinger says the forming of a Quick Response Team has accounted for a nearly 16 percent decrease in overdose deaths since 2015.
The NKY Tribune reports overdose deaths have decreased from 57 to 48 in that time period.
QRT’s are made up of a police officer, emergency medical service member and a drug counselor who respond to drug overdose victims within 24 to 48 hours. They make follow up visits and get users into recovery programs.
Similar programs have been established in Colerain Township in Ohio, as well as Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
In addition to the QRT, Boone County law enforcement handled 155 drug trafficking cases in 2017, as they work to get drugs off the streets.