New drug response team looks to help, not just arrest users

LANCASTER – The new Fairfield County Overdose Response Team (Project F.O.R.T.) is more interested in helping drug users get treatment than arresting them.

The team works with the Fairfield-Hocking-Athens Major Crimes Unit and various community agencies and organizations to help those who accidentally overdose on drugs get treatment by connecting them with the appropriate recovery source. The team has helped about 20 people so far and has about 30 partners throughout the county after starting as a pilot program in Violet Township.