Agencies Team Up To Help Addicts

Staff Writer

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Foundations Behavioral Health Services and the Mercer County Emergency Medical Services announced they are joining forces in an effort to address the drug overdose problem in Mercer County.
The agencies have agreed to meet weekly to review individuals who have recently overdosed and offer the appropriate resources for detox, recovery and treatment. Most individuals who have overdosed in the last week are more likely to consider a treatment program and gain the necessary assistance than those who’s overdose are not clear in their memory.
The Rapid Response Team will review records of those who overdosed weekly, and then provide a home visit to offer support and services to those individuals. The Team, made up with one member of the Sheriff’s Office, Foundations and the Emergency Medical Services will go over with and assist in signing up for services available to the individual who overdosed. It is important to note that the goal of the team is to provide services, not to punish or arrest anyone in need of services. This goal of this program is to reduce the number of overdoses in the Mercer County area.
For more information contact Chief Deputy Gery Thobe at the Sheriff’s Office.