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Preston County trying to broaden QRT program

KINGWOOD — Preston County is working to broaden its Fast Response Workforce (QRT) by coaching extra coaches, in keeping with VJ Davis, director of the Preston County Well being Division.

He stated this system can be run by Preston Prevention.

Davis stated members of the Preston County Fee contacted him about this system and requested what it will price to fund it. He stated funding may come from the $599,802.64 examine the fee acquired from the Opioid Settlement Funds. This primary examine represented solely 24.5% of the funds due the fee.

Dr. Fred Conley, county well being officer, stated QRT coaches are recovering addicts who undergo 500 hours of coaching and perceive what the sufferers are going by way of, and supply an built-in response to assist join people who expertise an opioid overdose with therapy and restoration providers.

Davis stated there’s at present one coach who works within the Preston Memorial Hospital Emergency Room (ER).

“Every time somebody overdoses and goes to the emergency room, inside 48 hours the QRT staff coach will contact the affected person about rehab,” he stated. “The faster a coach will get to a affected person the faster they’ll attempt to discuss them into to going to rehabilitation.”

Conley stated plenty of time when EMS goes out and offers naloxone to a affected person they usually come to, they don’t need to go to the ER. He stated stated if a QRT coach is readily available they’ve a greater probability of speaking the affected person into contemplating rehab.

Naloxone, also called Narcan is an over-the-counter drug that’s used to deal with identified or suspected opioid overdoses. It blocks sure receptors within the physique that opioids bind to. Blocking receptors helps reverse the signs of opioid overdose.

Conley stated if the funding is discovered for this system, the coaches might be housed within the basement of the proposed multipurpose constructing.

Davis stated he not too long ago spoke with Sheena Hunt, director of Area VI, about serving to to seek out funds for the proposed new constructing.

“Sheena stated she believes she may help us discover possibly not all, however some funding for the undertaking,” he stated. “She stated someday throughout the subsequent couple of weeks she wish to have a gathering with members of the county fee, WIC, the Extension workplace, and the well being division about funding for the constructing undertaking.”

The subsequent assembly of the Preston County Board of Well being will likely be March 14. Time and place will likely be introduced later.