MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A man was recovering at Atrium Medical Center from a suspected overdose after he and a woman's body were found "dumped" behind a closed restaurant Saturday.
Monday morning, Middletown leaders and Atrium announced the city and hospital received a $60,000 grant which will help them combat the opioid epidemic and hopefully put an end to incidents like the people being dumped. The money will help fund their Quick Response Team for another two years.
"This is huge for us," said Middletown City Manager Doug Atkins. "It's a chance to continue the work we've been doing."
The organization InterAct For Change and the group Funders' Response to the Heroin Epidemic are giving the grant to fund the team and to help efforts at Atrium to combat the opioid problem. Middletown's QRT will also collaborate with others in the region to share information and lessons learned.
The QRT consists of of a paramedic, a police officer and a social worker. It follows up with people who overdose. It's just one aspect of the Middletown community's response to the opioid epidemic. Schools, churches, addiction services, government leaders, first responders and residents have all been involved in various ways.