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Officials announce new plans to combat the heroin crisis

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Opioid abuse is the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. Hamilton County is ground zero for the crisis sweeping through the nation and is inflicting a major blow to first responders, budgets and the prison system. 

On Tuesday, the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition announced a $400,000 grant from the United States Justice Department that will allow the county to expand its Quick Response Teams.

Officials include Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus, Norwood Police Department Lt. Tom Fallon, University of Cincinnati Crime Science Cpt. Dan Gerard and representatives from Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman's office. 

"There is an element though to this grant where we're doing predictive analytics, meaning we're going to go to someone's door who has not yet overdosed but we anticipate they might," Driehaus said. 

In August, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, which would free up funding to supply police officers and expand drug treatment programs. However, the president has not formally signed such a declaration and sent it to Congress. 

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