Benton Police Department, Turning Point partner to help overdose survivors

BENTON, Ky. (KBSI) – Brandon Fitch and his team at Turning Point Recovery Community Center have partnered with the Benton Police Department to create the latest Quick Response Team designed to help overdose survivors. 

“If we meet with these survivors, we can help bridge them to treatment, link them to the services they need, and provide them with a level of hope,” Fitch said.

Fitch said he and his staff can connect on a personal level to these overdose survivors. 

“Somebody like me who’s in recovery or any of our staff members who are in recovery can sit down with these people and look at them eye to eye from a been-there-done-that perspective,” he said.

The program allows the Quick Response Team to meet with individuals 24 to 72 hours after an overdose or substance-related crisis. It is centered around the survivor’s needs with the message: “We care and are here for you.” 

Fitch said as part of this program, the first responders can see the recovery process. 

“People do recover from substance use disorder, and they’re living amongst you,” he said. “They’re your neighbors. They’re your co-workers. You just don’t always know that. It’s important for us to work with law enforcement and EMS, that way they get to see the success story. They get to see the follow-up. They get to see people get better.” 

Sgt. Logan Hampton with the Benton Police Department said the new Quick Response Team will help unite the community for a common cause. 

“The Quick Response Team will bring everyone together from a law enforcement and counseling standpoint,” he said. “That way the individuals in harm can get the treatment they need and get the counseling. Ultimately, we want to be over the overdose problem that we’re having.” 

This Quick Response Team is one of 10 in Kentucky.

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