Deters said the Hamilton County response team will be modeled,in part, after Colerain Township's successful year-old heroin quick response team.
"Colerain has seen significant success. Overdoses are down by 35 percent since this team was launched," said Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan, head of the Hamilton County Heroin Task Force. "The decreases they've seen -- it's a shining star in all of this."
While treatment is half of the battle, Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco talked about prevention. She is preaching education to those who are raising the next generation of youngsters. Sammarco says it's important for adults to talk to kids about drugs.
"Not just the parents," Sammarco said, "because kids are going to ignore their parents -- 'Oh yeah, it's just mom and dad saying what they usually do.'"
She encouraged "teachers, coaches, religious leaders in these communities, their friends' parents" to engage kids in conversation.