A post-overdose response program outside of Cincinnati, Ohio that provides emergency medical response to individuals who overdose with subsequent outreach to engage them in treatment
Operational since 2015 as one of the first post-overdose response teams in the nation, the Colerain Quick Response Team (QRT) is a collaborative effort of the Colerain Township Police Department, the Colerain Department of Fire and EMS, and the Addiction Services Council of Greater Cincinnati to reduce the number of opioid overdoses in their community.
The three-member QRT team consists of a community-based substance use disorder counselor, a specially trained police officer,and a firefighter/paramedic. The team responds to overdose-related medical emergencies and also provides follow-up to individuals who have overdosed within 3 to 5 days of the event in order to provide educational resources, engage individuals and their families/caregivers in treatment, and provide support.
The goals of the program are to reduce overdose deaths and recurrent overdoses, to increase victims’ and their families’ awareness of available resources, and provide a supportive network. This model has been replicated in other communities across Ohio and in at least five states, including Ohio, North Carolina, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
More information can be found in this presentation.
Contact information for this program and helpful resources to implement a QRT in your community can be found here.