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Opiate Task Force program to help addicted pregnant women

In Butler County, community leaders are again fighting back against the drug problem with a new task force targeting addicted pregnant women. (WKRC)

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (Brad Underwood) - On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released staggering numbers about the Buckeye State.

Ohio is ranked second highest in overdose deaths. It adds up to eight deaths a day, which is nearly a 20 percent increase from 2013 to 2014.

In Butler County, community leaders are again fighting back against the drug problem with a new task force targeting addicted pregnant women.

The task force is made of the Butler County Commissioners, Sojourner Recovery Services, Butler County Job and Family Services, mental health boards and other individuals and groups hoping to save the lives of future generations.

This past year has been a bad one when you talk about overdose deaths according to Scott Gehring of Sojourner.

"If you talk to the Butler County Coroner, she'll tell you drug overdose deaths have actually eclipsed death by natural cause," said Gehring. "We are seeing an entire generation of people dying from drug use."

A significant portion of those addicted and in need of help are pregnant women according to Gehring.

"We are seeing an uptick in Butler County in pregnant women in the jails, uptick in pregnant women in children services, uptick in pregnant women walking in off the streets asking for help," said Gehring.

It's the first time in the region for a task force like this. A task force that pairs government agencies, private groups and doctors and recovery services in the fight against addiction.

"There is no wrong front door. Any department, any agency you contact for help is going to funnel you into this program if you are appropriate for it. So the exciting thing about this program is there is no wrong front door you can start this program anywhere," said Gehring.

The full program will be laid out Monday in Hamilton at the Butler County Government Center Atrium at 11:30 a.m.

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