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Quick Response Team coming to Charleston area

West Virginia leads the nation when it comes to overdose deaths as the opioid epidemic impacts families in communities all across our region. 

Soon a technique that has seen success in the Huntington area will be tried in Charleston, WV as well. 

Cabell County has a Quick Response Team that visits overdose patients within 72 hours of their overdose. 

"If we can't engage people in treatment when they are ready we lose them you know so that happens very quickly," said Karen Yost with Prestera Center. 

The program has been in place in the Huntington area for several months. 

"It consists of law enforcement, EMS and a treatment recovery specialist and they visit every individual who has overdosed and try to engage them let them know they care and and then try to engage them in services when they are ready," Yost explained. 

Now a similar program is coming to the Charleston area. 

"What I want to do is replicate what Huntington has been doing in 5 or 6 communities in West Virginia so that we start getting not 15 or 20 people into treatment but a 100 or 125 people and sooner or later we are going to start turning a corner on that," said West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch. 

The Quick Response Teams help patients come up with a plan of action to overcome their addiction and helps put them in touch with resources for treatment. 

The Charleston area Quick Response Team is set to launch very soon. 


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