Dayton one of 40 Ohio police agencies to split $3M for drug response teams

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, a pharmacy tech poses for a picture with hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, the generic version of Vicodin in Edmond, Okla. A report released Wednesday, May 31, 2017 traces how a short letter in a medical journal in 1980 helped sow the seeds of today's opioid epidemic by helping to convince doctors that these powerful painkillers carried less risk of addiction than they actually do. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Forty law enforcement agencies around Ohio are getting a combined $3 million in state grants for teams that aim to address the state’s opioid epidemic by helping people who overdose get treatment and other support.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says the funding allotted in the state budget will help expand or replicate two types of partnerships, known as Drug Abuse Response Teams and Quick Response Teams. They involve law enforcement agencies working with drug treatment providers and other partners to help overdose survivors through a recovery process.

The grant recipients include agencies in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and Youngstown, as well as smaller cities such as Chillicothe, East Liverpool, Findlay, Mansfield, Springfield and Troy.

The amounts awarded range from about $45,000 to $125,000.

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