“Towards the end of my career with Covington, we were averaging an overdose a day. I knew coming back that we would have to take a different approach than what we were doing before. When I learned about the position with Kenton County, I thought it would fit in well with what I had done,” commented Noll.
The Quick Response Team will cover unincorporated Kenton County and the City of Independence. Noll will receive a list of overdoses provided by Kenton County Dispatch, prioritize them, and then the team will follow-up with the individuals.
“It’s our way of offering help to individuals who are suffering from opioid addiction,” said Kenton County Police Chief Spike Jones. “We’re persistent that they need help and that they are able to live substance free without opioids.”
The team’s goal is to show the affected individuals various types of treatment options available, and get them into treatment that day. If the individual isn’t ready, Addiction Services, who runs the County’s Heroin Helpline, will follow up to remind them of their options and offer support.
“My biggest hope for the program is to help prevent people from relapsing and overdosing again. In my experience, I’ve seen individuals come full circle when they received help and worked with a program. I know it’s possible and I’m here to help make a difference,” said Noll.
For more information about addiction, visit www.injecthope.com or to speak to a licensed, professional counselor 24 hours a day, call the Northern Kentucky Addiction Helpline at 859-415-9280.