LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A newly formed group in Tippecanoe County is taking on the rising number of drug overdoses.
The county's Drug Overdose Fatality Review Team met for the first time Thursday. The goal is to prevent future overdoses through education and law enforcement.
The 15-person team is made up of area police officers, paramedics and healthcare providers. According to the Indiana Department of Health, Tippecanoe County ranks 29th out of all 92 counties for deaths due to opioids.
Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle said in 2017, his first responders were called out an overdose an average of once a day. That's why he volunteered to be a part of this program.
"Our statistics are growing every year, though I'm not sure what 2018 looks like," Doyle said. "We're not too soon to get this started."
Doyle said the group is a great step forward.
"It's something that we need. We hope that if we can get one thing out of this that will prevent somebody's death, that will be worth it," Doyle said.
The team will spend the next six months reviewing information on overdose victims. That includes autopsy findings, toxicology reports and criminal history.