5 things local leaders are doing to battle heroin and opioid addiction

The battle against heroin and opioid addiction in Montgomery County includes a $3.5 million infusion to expand services using Montgomery County Human Services Levy funds.

Those efforts include:

1. A new 10-day ambulatory withdrawal management program that serves more than 1,000 people annually through Samaritan Behavioral Health Inc.

2. Expanding CrisisCare giving immediate entry to people who've overdosed on heroin or opioids and been revived using Narcan.

3. Doubled the number of residential withdrawal management beds provided through Nova Behavioral Health, providing 12 beds and making the residential treatment available to more than 1,000 people annually.

4. Recovery housing for 16 to 32 pregnant women annually in Montgomery County.

5. Expanded access for treatment for Montgomery County Jail inmates with addiction and mental health issues.

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