Whitehall sets up SAFE Station Program to help opioid addicts

The Whitehall Division of Fire has set up a program to help people addicted to opioids. (WSYX/WTTE)

WHITEHALL, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- The Whitehall Division of Fire has set up a program to help people addicted to opioids.

The SAFE Station Program is a joint effort between Whitehall's Division of Fire and Division of Police, the Heart of Ohio Family Health Center and Maryhaven Addiction Stabilization Center.

SAFE stands for Stop Addiction For Everyone. The program allows people 18 and older to simply go the fire station and ask for help with their addiction. Something they can do 24/7.

A firefighter or paramedic will conduct a medical evaluation. If medical criteria are met the addicted person is taken to a recovery and treatment specialist.

"If they have the courage. Today's, the day they want help. We want to be able to provide that opportunity for them," explains Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Menapace.

The SAFE Station Program was paid for through a grant awarded to Franklin County.

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