TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — This month marks a year since the Phoenix Recovery Solutions Opioid Quick Response team took full force in Tippecanoe County, and it has seen a year of success.
“The QRT alone is seeing about 100 people a month here in Tippecanoe County, about 30 a month in White County and we just started going in the Jasper County Jail and we're seeing about 15 men on a monthly basis in Jasper County as well,” said Jason Padgett, Phoenix Recovery Solution QRT program director.
In total, QRT is serving nearly 150 people. The group has provided tools like Narcan to families dealing with drug addiction in the household and the group has also helped hundreds begin the recovery process.
“One of the coolest stories that we have is a mother, her son wasn't home so we left her some Narcan and we came back like four months later, she had saved his life with that the night before, and he was in the living room. We were able to connect him with services,” said Padgett. “He has been clean since that time, those kinds of things are really impactful on our lives personally.”
Many members on the response team were once on the other side needing help. Certified Recovery Specialist and Paramedic Jeanan Joseph is an example of recovery being possible and she loves that she's helped others this year.
"I tried to get help through a family doctor, they denied me said there was nothing wrong with me, sent me on to a therapist, and same thing, denied me — no help," said Joseph. "It just kind of went from there, you try to get that pain numbed and you can't find anything else to do and it kind of goes down from there and sometimes it's providers that let us go and it's nice to be able to step in and be that middle person."
The team works to bridge the gap between struggling individuals and the services they need. Joseph said she sees a big future for the quick response team in the coming years.
“I would love to watch it grow all over the United States and watch it grow in different communities just so that more people can get help and have more success as we have here,” said Joseph.
The quick response team partners with various organizations in Tippecanoe County. This includes United Way, Valley Oaks, Purdue University, Tippecanoe County Health Department, National Alliance on Mental Health, Home with Hope, Mental Health America.