What often follows the highest of highs? The lowest of lows, of course.

That’s the case regarding a lot of subjects in life, but especially so with drugs.

That’s why the Boyd County Quick Response Team is absolutely essential to this area.

Comprised of law enforcement officers, emergency medical workers and mental health providers, the QRT is there for addicts in their most vulnerable moments — during a 24- to 72-hour window after an overdose.

The goal is an obvious one: To prevent overdose deaths and turn people away from drugs.

The task is a challenging one, but QRT is making it as painless as possible for those in need.

As Boyd County Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods said, locking up addicts is not beneficial for taxpayers or, more importantly, users.

“We don’t need to arrest more drugs users; we need them to get help,” he said.

Williams said during a recent Tri-State ASAP (Area Substance Abuse Program) board meeting that he will accept calls to his cell phone 24-7. While he might be asleep when a call or text reaches him, he will address it as soon as possible.

Williams has experience in both a clean lifestyle and a drug-driven lifestyle. Having been off drugs — heroin, specifically — for four years, the 28-year-old can more easily establish a quick bond with those struggling with addiction. He can lead by example and strike up a trust.

Williams can be reached at (606) 939-8133. Pathways’ contact numbers are the following: (606) 324-1141 or (800) 562-8909. Visit pathways-ky.org for more information.

The QRT’s mission is to provide guidance toward recovery services. If you’re struggling with a drug problem or know someone who is, this is a real asset.

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