Troy considers overdose outreach program

Quick Response Team to visit overdose victims to provide treatment options

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Troy City Council will review a resolution of support of the Troy Fire Department’s Quick Response Team on Tuesday.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

The Quick Response Team (QRT) is a pilot program partnering with the Miami County Recovery Council. The purpose of the QRT is to intervene with Troy residents who have overdosed on opiates. The team will meet with overdose victims within 72 hours to assess and determine whether the victim is willing and ready to enter into treatment.

The QRT will consist of a Troy Police Officer, a Troy Firefighter/Paramedic and a Miami County Recovery Council addiction treatment specialist. The team may also include a trained support specialist from a faith-based organization if possible.

The QRT will require a minimum of six hours per week from police and fire department members. The pilot program will be held for a period of one year. After the pilot year is complete, officials from the organizations will evaluate the program.

The resolution will also include a memorandum of understanding between the city of Troy and the Miami County Recovery Council to implement the QRT program.

Local attorney Steven Justice will also present information regarding the “Hope Over Heroin” event being held at the Miami County Fairgrounds July 8 and 9.

Justice is a member of the Miami County Heroin Coalition to held combat the heroin epidemic in Miami County.

In other news:

The Troy Triathlon, scheduled for July 10, has been canceled due to low registration. The event was to be held at Treasure Island Park. The Night Volleyball Tournament also has been canceled which was also to be held at the Treasure Island Park. Event sponsors decided to cancel the tournament to not cause further damage to the newly seeded grass areas.

Quick Response Team to visit overdose victims to provide treatment options

By Melanie Yingst