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Reducing fatal opioid overdoses one county at a time (www.bostonglobe.com)

 

Excerpt from a recent Boston Globe editorial:

Because of an agreement Plymouth County law enforcement has made with six hospitals in the area, authorities can track down those who returned home. Often a person overdoses in one town but lives in another, making sharing information beyond jurisdictions critical.

To prevent a relapse, a plainclothes cop and a recovery coach show up within 48 hours at an overdose survivor’s home. Plymouth County Outreach, as the project is called, has been effective because officers use what they call their “front row seat” to overdoses and build a database so they can offer intervention services.

To read full Boston Globe editorial, go here.

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