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Opiate task force goes door-to-door to spread awareness

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A group working to fight the drug epidemic in Trumbull County is hitting the streets of Warren to spread awareness about the problem.

"I just think you can't have enough awareness," Lauren Thorp said, project director of ASAP.

The ASAP Opiate Task Force went door to door Wednesday morning, handing out informational door hangers.

"We just really want people to feel empowered to understand how to recognize the signs of an overdose, understand what's going on," Thorp said.

The group has a goal to reach out to 5,000 thousand homes.

Thorp says the task force obtained data from the Ohio Department of Heath and narrowed in to determined which zip codes are seeing the highest rate of opiate overdoses. 

The zip codes 44483 and 44486 topped the list.

The task force then contacted local police departments within those zip codes to determine which streets they respond to most frequently for overdose-related calls.

"Overdoses are happening in every county, all over our neighborhood, so we all need to be on the lookout," she said. 

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