Opioid response team in Texas offers help, hope to overdose survivors

  • Source: KENS5.com San Antonio
  • Published: 03/20/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Overcoming opioids is difficult for our neighbors struggling with drug addiction. First Responders are taking a new approach to help people who have recently overdosed, find a new life. “I started using heroin when I was 16. I'm 51 years old now. Last month was my first overdose and I think that was my wake up call,” said Abel Martinez. His deep brown eyes do little to reveal everything that’s happened in those 51 years. “The biggest thing that I have now is hope.” Martinez says he’s traded heroin for that new h-word. Hope is a state of mind he hasn’t had in decades. The change started with a visit from the fire department. Deon Popoy and Isaac Gomez are members of the first Texas Targeted Opioid Response team, called TTOR. It's a subdivision of the San Antonio Fire Department's Mobile Integrated Healthcare Unit.


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