Two Drug Abuse Programs Support Lake County Residents
Two drug abuse programs that were recently established have been supporting and protecting Lake County residents.
By: Addiction Now
The project OPIATE (Opiate Prevention Initiative Action through Education) a pioneering program launched by the Ohio State Extension Office in partnership with the Lake County General Health District to curb the effects of the opioid epidemic in the county through peer-to-peer education.
Student leaders from the Willoughby-Eastlake City School District inform their peers about the dangers, risks, and consequences of opioid misuse and addiction.
Another pilot program that has been established by the Lake County Sheriff's Office with funding provided by the Ohio Attorney General to facilitate access to addiction treatment services is the Lake County Quick Response Team.
The Lake County Quick Response Team program features a team of responders that will visit the residents of the county who have received medical assistance after they have experienced a drug overdose.
The response team is composed of police officers, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters and certified behavioral health specialists who provide the overdose survivor with information about addiction treatment programs, detox facilities and rehabilitation centers that may be able to help them overcome the substance use disorders they are struggling with.
Visits usually happen a few days after the overdose has taken place or, in cases that involve hospitalization, a couple of days after the person has been discharged.
If the overdose survivors show that they are ready and willing to accept professional help during the visit, the members of the Lake County Quick Response Team will offer to take them to an addiction treatment program right away.
The programs have been established in response to the alarming number of lives taken throughout the state because of toxic substances. According to a recent study, from 2010 to 2016 more than 13,000 people died just from opioid-related overdoses in the state.