County council candidate ready to tackle opioid epidemic

A county council candidate seeks to build on current programs to fight the opioid epidemic.

Kate Wiltz, a Democrat running for Monroe County Council District 2, said she wants to build on initiatives already in place to address the opioid epidemic by focusing on evidence-based practices, collaboration and innovation.

Some of the initiatives that county government implemented to address this issue include hosting a regional summit, renewing the syringe exchange program and partnering with the city of Bloomington on a treatment navigator program.

If elected, Wiltz intends to explore evidence-based initiatives such as combining the services of first responders and social service providers in the event of an overdose call, encouraging collaboration between the city and county to develop proactive solutions to address the opioid epidemic; and prioritizing preventive measures to reduce harm to families and the community