Joint Opioid Task Force sees success in Bexar County
SAN ANTONIO- Bexar County’s Joint Opioid Task Force is seeing success.
Right now, there are new permanent prescription drug disposal locations throughout San Antonio for people to use.
TJ Mayes, Chief of Staff for Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says since 2009 through take back programs, 47,000 pounds of unused prescription drugs were collected.
Now people in the community can safely drop of their unused prescription drugs year round.
“Safe disposal of unused prescription is the number one overdose prevention tragedy there is,” Mayes said.
The task force has also created a map which identifies every treatment center in the county available for people struggling with addiction.
Abigail Moore CEO of The San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness says more first responders are also being trained on how to use Narcan, an overdose reversal drug to help save lives.
“By the end of November first of December, every police officer within our police department and the sheriff's office will be trained on how to use Narcan, Naloxone and have it in their cars,” Moore said.
The task force had received about $5 million worth of federal grants to help fight the opioid crisis in Bexar County which included the purchase of Narcan.
Moore says right now the task force is working on ways to follow up with people who have been given the reverse drug.
“How can we close that gap? What can we do because those become individuals that are seen time and time again,” Moore said.
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