State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) has announced funding awarded for local law enforcement response teams focused on putting overdose survivors on the path to recovery. Mobilizing response teams consisting of law enforcement officers who partner with local drug treatment providers and other groups is an effective strategy being implemented in communities across Ohio.
Administered by the Ohio Attorney General's office, the new grant program will provide local assistance for replicating and expanding Drug Abuse Response Teams (DARTs) and Quick Response Teams (QRTs) in the most severely impacted areas. "Our goal is to help prevent drug-related deaths and overdose recurrence, making long-term recovery possible for those struggling with addiction," said Senator Peterson. "Support for these programs helps law enforcement connect addicted individuals with recovery services, which is key in saving lives and helping affected families begin to heal. "Funding for these grants was added by the Ohio Senate as part of the state's overall effort to tackle the opioid crisis by improving prevention programs and strengthening law enforcement as well as treatment and recovery services.
Area counties have received anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000 grants.