DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Overdose Community Action Team (COAT) received two grants totaling nearly $1.5 million to help reduce overdose deaths in Montgomery County.
The grant money will be given over three years and will be used to create data of the addicted population in Montgomery County.
The funds came from money that was awarded to Montgomery County by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) grants.
Officials say it is just one of many ways they are trying to stop the opioid epidemic.
“There are lots of ways we are trying to reduce the number of opiate deaths and that’s our number one goal,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley. “We have more Narcan in the hands of police officers. We’re working to build a stabilization center, so people know where to go if they have a relative who needs to get assessed and into treatment. We’re working on more treatment beds so there’s ten, twenty, thirty recommendations that we are trying to implement.”
So far this year, more than 230 people have died of an accidental overdose in the Miami Valley.