Distribution of Narcan to emergency responders is part of a two-pronged federally backed effort to help counties combat the opioid epidemic.

The other piece aims to support local physicians with medication-assisted treatment for people who want to break their addiction to heroin or narcotic painkillers. That effort has yet to gain traction.

A year ago, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties were targeted for $4.2 million in funding for Narcan distribution and a hub-and-spoke system for supporting local physicians in providing medication-assisted treatment for addicts.

Thus far, no physicians have chosen to participate in the project in Stanislaus County. There’s no record that any primary care practices in the county are certified to administer buprenorphine, an addiction treatment drug that can be prescribed for addicts by a physician’s office.

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