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A local program goes the extra mile to help fight the opiate addiction problem

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The Community Care Navigator program says many times people don't know where to get help so when help come to them, they're more willing to accept it . The Community Care Navigator program says many times people don't know where to get help so when help come to them, they're more willing to accept it .
"We first started with about 87 people in the first quarter back in October and now we are up to 500 so the increase in numbers is definitely there," says Ramirez. "We first started with about 87 people in the first quarter back in October and now we are up to 500 so the increase in numbers is definitely there," says Ramirez.

Every time there's reports of an overdose a local group of people steps in, in efforts to help those who abuse opiate drugs.

"You know hopefully trying to reduce the number of calls the police officers get and reducing the amount of times they're presenting to the hospital or being hospitalized," says Jessica Ramirez, Community Care Navigator.

Unfortunately those number are drastically increasing.

"We first started with about 87 people in the first quarter back in October and now we are up to 500 so the increase in numbers is definitely there," says Ramirez. She adds that drug abusers are sometimes scared to ask for help so this is a good way to encourage them to get the help they need.

"I think it sends a message that you know we're giving them the confidence that we want them to come in you know so I think that's very key to know that we're caring enough to go out to their homes," says Ramirez.

And, Patrolmen Wireman who goes on these visits with Ramirez says this give the police department the chance to be seen under a new light.

"To go to these individuals that a lot of times see us in a negative role and a role that we're arresting them or arresting someone in their family, now we're showing that you know, we understand that it's an addiction thing and we're there to actually help and offer other services," says Wireman.

Recovering addict Sara Hollar feels that her personal experience can bring something more to the table that can help opiate abusers.

"With a person with a lived experience who can offer an understanding of where their at and also inspiration of hope of where they can, what they can become what they can do with their life so I think it's very helpful," says Hollar.

The Community Care Navigator program says many times people don't know where to get help so when help come to them, they're more willing to accept it .

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