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White County Opioid QRT team sees success after first month of operation

The White County QRT has helped seven people begin their recovery journey so far.

Posted: Oct 7, 2019 11:39 PM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The White County Opioid Quick Response Team is seeing progress after only one month of operation. As News 18 previously reported, a grant through Valley Oaks is funding the expansion of the QRT team to White and Jasper Counties. The White County team started on September 1st.

Quick Response Teams visit the homes of people who have recently overdosed. Their goal is to help guide that person to local recovery resources.

The White County QRT has helped seven people begin their recovery journey so far. It may seem like a small number, but Lynn Saylor said this is a huge success for the county.

"They are in the community nearly everyday," she said. "They are meeting with all the agencies and stakeholders who are involved in providing services. They are being very proactive in developing connections."

Saylor is an AmeriCorp member helping to fight the opioid crisis in White County along with the United Way. Stakeholders include the county sheriff, judges, food pantries and churches.

Saylor said addiction makes people believe they can't overcome it, and having peer recovery coaches share their stories of fighting back has a big affect.

"The power of that message and that person just sitting there, proving what everything their brain is telling them is wrong is such a powerful, powerful impact," she said.

The QRT team in Tippecanoe County started in December of 2018.

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