"It means fewer needles are being shared, so the syringe program is really about reducing the risk of spread of disease," Crumpton said.
The new funds will also go toward resources like the overdose quick response team, the addiction services helpline and increased naloxone distribution. Officials hope the efforts will help reduce the widespread reach of deadly addiction.
"We need to do what we can to save the life to begin with," county Commissioner Denise Driehaus said. "To make sure people have the Narcan available to save the life and the second piece of that is to get them into treatment and eventually recovery."
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