By James Brooks for Cities Speak

President Trump outlined his plan to combat the opioid epidemic at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Monday. In Manchester, overdoses through early March were up 23 percent from this time last year. (Getty Images)

On Monday, President Trump traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire, to unveil a plan to combat the opioid epidemic. The plan, which is based on recommendations from the president’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, includes strategies intended to reduce opioid prescriptions and increase the punishment for drug dealers.

Unfortunately, the plan is light on details for how the federal government will work with local governments dealing with increasing opioid use in their own backyards. Cities have been calling for direct funding for treatment centers and increasing the availability of the lifesaving drug naloxone, which is used to stop opiate overdoses.

With financial and leadership resources from the federal government not anticipated, city officials and partners in the nonprofit and philanthropic space are stepping up in extraordinary ways to serve the needs of individual and families struggling with life-threatening addictions.

Partly to inspire and partly to advance replication, below are 12 ways that community leaders are stepping up to stem the loss of life related to the opioid epidemic.

Quick Response Team (QRT), Huntington, West Virginia

The Quick Response Team (QRT) is a collaborative effort among law enforcement, medical care providers, mental health agencies and university researchers to bring a rapid response to the opioid epidemic. The team provides support to individuals within 72 hours of experiencing a drug overdose by initiating an assessment of an individual’s needs, symptoms and strengths in order to determine an appropriate plan for intervention. This process helps improve access and reduce barriers to recovery and treatment services. The QRT is deployed 40 hours per week and is comprised of a Huntington Police officer, a paramedic with Cabell County Emergency Medical Services and a mental health provider from Recovery Point of Huntington, Prestera Center or the Huntington Comprehensive Treatment Center…

FEND Movement at the Vans Warped Tour 2018

The Vans Warped Tour is the largest traveling music festival in America. From June through September 2018, the concert series, now in it’s 25th year, will roll through 37 cities and attract between 500,000 and 700,000 young people to the performances. This year concert promoter Kevin Lyman has launched a partnership with the Preventum Initiative to add a youth drug overdose prevention program as a singular message. Mixing music, app-based technology, gamification and a streetwear brand the campaign will focus on opioids use and misuse as well as opioid overdoses.

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