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Four local law enforcement agencies getting money to fight opioid epidemic

(September 26, 2017) — Programs fighting the opioid epidemic in Franklin County will see a portion of the $3 million in grants administered by the Ohio attorney general’s office to help replicate or expand Drug Abuse Response Teams and Quick Response Teams.

The Columbus Division of Police’s Opioid Early Response Team and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office’s HOPE Task Force will each receive $125,000, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Wednesday.

“There is so much good work going on to fight this opioid epidemic and with this new grant money, we can make even more of a difference, as we all work together to save more Ohioans,” DeWine said in a statement.

The grant money will be allocated across the state to 40 law enforcement departments and their partners. The recipients are expected to start using the grant money for law enforcement teams before 2017 ends.

Other central Ohio counties also will receive grant money. Fairfield Hocking Athens Major Crimes Unit’s Project Fairfield Overdose Response Team and the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office’s Angel Program will both receive $100,000.

The amount each law enforcement agency received was determined by the population of the county. Both agencies in Franklin County as well as the ones in Pickaway and Fairfield counties received the maximum available to them based on the cap.

The drug-fighting teams are typically comprised of law enforcement officers partnering with drug treatment providers and others who aid overdose survivors in the recovery process. Members visit with survivors after an overdose, provide counseling and give referrals to drug rehabilitation facilities for assessment, detoxification, ongoing drug treatment and aftercare. The teams work to lower overdose-related deaths, reduce repeated overdoses per victim and increase the support for survivors and their families.