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Bartholomew Co. initiative targets opioid epidemic

Posted at 1:55 PM, Oct 10, 2017

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. -- People who live in Bartholomew County will soon have a chance to hear from the leaders of a new initiative which was created to battle a growing opioid epidemic in the county.

Called the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County, or ASAP-BC, a spokesperson for the organization says its leaders will present a six-month, “regarding the learning and analysis work that was done over the last six months, which is determining our future steps.”

ASAP-BC was created in April 2017 with a two-year mission focused on the opioid crisis and is working on assessing the problem, proposing solutions, and implementing projects throughout the community.

Right now, ASAP-BC has a small staff with some volunteers joining the effort. Full funding requirements are still being determined and the group is still evaluating potential sources for funding.

The new initiative will feature four “actions teams.” A spokesperson says those teams are, Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery and that the organization’s work will be guided by these areas.

The October 24 meeting will also serve as a drug takeback event in partnership with the Indiana State Police and Columbus Police Department.

People will be able to bring any drugs, controlled or not controlled, they have to surrender to law enforcement. Please avoid bringing needles.

The meeting is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., October 24, at the Commons, located at 300 Washington Street Columbus, IN 47201.

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