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(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Fire Bureau says its new overdose response team is keeping other firefighters available to respond to non-overdose calls. In the first month, the Community Health Asses & Treat Overdose Response Team handled 90 calls. In nearly half of the calls, the patient didn't go to a hospital emergency department. Twenty-eight percent of the patients were treated in the field without transport. The program saved 30 hours in response time from other crews at the downtown fire station, where the team is located.

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