Fight against opioid overdose depicts success in Huntington city
Category: #health  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2018-04-11
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Fight against opioid overdose depicts success in Huntington city

Huntington city seems to have reportedly been very successful in combating the opioid overdose epidemic in the region. As per sources, the drug overdose had dropped to 20% during the fourth quarter of the last year as compared to the same span in 2016. In fact, it has been observed that the overdoses have declined by nearly 50% as compared to the previous seven months in the region.

Statistics reveal that the NARCAN used for the revival of the drug overdose addicts drastically dipped to nearly half in the first three months of 2018 in comparison to the first quarter of the last year. Criminal activities also witnessed a 10% decline during this year as compared to those recorded during the same span in 2017.

Steve Williams, the Mayor of Huntington City, is of the view that the city authorities have been dutifully carrying out the allotted tasks and are doing their utmost to fight the opioid drug epidemic in the region. If reports are to be believed, the new quick response teams (QRTs) were mainly responsible for the decline in the number of patients affected as a result of drug overdose.

For the record, the Quick Response Teams have been functioning since December 2017 and nearly one-third of the drug addicts who were attended by these teams have received the treatment for the opioid overdose. Reportedly, back in the middle of August 2016, nearly 28 patients had been overdosed with heroin mixed with fentanyl & carfentanil, out of which two of the affected subjects reportedly expired.

Reports state that Huntington’s QRT program had been inspired from Cincinnati. Last week, the State Department of Health & Human Resources provided a grant worth USD 263,000 to the Prestera Center for Mental Health Services, Inc., in Huntington for setting up a QRT project in the Kanawha Valley.

It is being strongly speculated that these initiatives are likely to encourage Huntington in effectively overcoming the drug overdose crises in the coming years.



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