Opioid hotline launch in Erie County delayed

Posted at 8:50 AM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 11:00:02-04

The inception of an opioid crisis hotline program that will serve Erie County has been delayed.

According to the Erie County Health Department (ECDOH), Crisis Services is in the process of hiring and testing the designated hotline number.

Department officials blame the recent Verizon strike and the lack of qualified applicants to fill positions for the delay in operating the program.

ECDOH says the Verizon strike made it difficult for Crisis Services to test a phone number for the hotline.

The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved the program in April, but a planned start date was not made public.

ECDOH says once testing is completed and employees have been hired, the program will be up and running in Erie County.