By Staff Writer
For individuals who struggle with opiate addiction and do not seek help from rehab programs, their drug habit can be deadly. Countless people have overdosed on heroin and prescription medications in recent years, and the problem is only getting worse.
In an effort to battle the rising tide of opiate overdose, first responders from Lake County, Ohio has teamed up to improve their skills and knowledge of how to handle a person who is suspected to have overdosed, according to the News-Herald.
Officials from the Lake County Opiate Task Force told the news source that first responders often see the side effects of drug abuse, but it can be difficult to deal with someone who has overdosed because they have unique medical needs.
However, they expect the training and educational program to make them more effective at handling these situations. This may give an addict the second chance they need, enabling them to seek addiction treatment.
Many of these responders will likely be called to the scene of a prescription medication overdose. These drugs account for the vast majority of fatal unintentional poisonings that occur in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.