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A look at how 3 counties are combating the opioid crisis

Renatta Signorini
| Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, 12:18 p.m.
Naloxone, or Narcan, reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Naloxone, or Narcan, reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

Officials in three counties that received a portion of $58.8 million in federal grants awarded last month detailed to National Public Radio how they are using the funds to combat the opioid epidemic.

In one Alabama county, the local health department is creating a resource center for drug users seeking help with $300,000, according to the NPR article .

In Hamilton County, Ohio, officials there have created a quick response team that meets with people who recently were revived by emergency responders using naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug. They are using $400,000 to expand the program.

In January, officials with the Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force were discussing the start of a similar program focused in Greensburg, however it is unclear if that team was formed.

A prescription drug monitoring program in the St. Louis area will get off the ground with help from a $400,000 grant and a second $600,000 grant will be used to hire someone to examine that area's overdose statistics to improve response.

Pennsylvania started a prescription drug monitoring program in August 2016.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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