Addiction to opiates/opioids is no longer a hidden issue - it is in plain sight. Addiction to opiates is resulting in unprecedented overdose death. In recent years, Ohio has seen an increase in the rates of drug overdose deaths, 86% of which were opioid-related (2016). These numbers continue to rise in counties across the state, being further compounded by fentanyl overdose deaths. We are seeing a similar trend in Franklin County.
Community Naloxone Trainings
Franklin County Public Health in partnership with Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus Public Health and the Franklin County Coroner provides free naloxone trainings where participants learn about the different types of opiates, signs and symptoms of an opiate overdose, and how to administer naloxone.
At these community trainings participants can receive a free naloxone kit, upon completion of the training (limited quantities may be available). Naloxone kits are available for community participants only. Agency particpants will not receive "free" naloxone kits.
These trainings are only conducted within Franklin County. Please visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov/projectdawn for other Project DAWN sites.
Interested in hosting a naloxone training? Please fill out the request form and an FCPH staff member will contact you.
Scheduled Community Naloxone Trainings
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Medication Disposal Bags
As part of the Franklin County Opiate Action Plan, Franklin County Public Health has partnered with the ADAMH Board of Franklin County to distribute safe medication disposal bags. These bags contain a material that, when mixed with water, deactivates the drugs. Bags will be available at community naloxone trainings. Bags (one per person) can also be requested by filling out a form on ADAMH's website.
Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) has been awarded the Prescription Drug Overdose grant from the Ohio Department of Health to mitigate the opioid crisis in Franklin County. FCPH works in partnership with the Franklin County Opiate Action Plan, collaborating with community partners in prevention, harm reduction, emergency response, and treatment. To read more about this grant, click here.
The Franklin County Opiate Action Plan was created by the Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH) at the direction of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. The new plan to addresses the ongoing opiate addiction and overdose crisis in Frankin County. To create the new plan, ADAMH collaborated with stakeholders from across the region, and gathered input from more than 100 experts as well as from people in recovery and family members of residents who have died from an overdose. The plan calls for the creation of a steering committee made up of local stakeholders such as the Central Ohio Hospital Council, Franklin County Children Services, Columbus Public Safety, the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association, and public health agencies, and identifies specific actions for each of the next three years to address each of plan’s overarching goals. To read the plan, click here.
- In 2017, Franklin County Public Health received a $74,648 grant from Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services to purchase naloxone to provide to local law enforcement, emergency personnel and first responders so they can immediately respond to overdose situations in their community.
These reports provide data on drug overdose treatment, outcomes and prevention in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio.
Resources and Additional Information
- Columbus and Franklin County Opiate Resource Booklet
- Columbus and Franklin County Opiate Pocket Resource Card
- Opioid overdoses kill an average of 7 Ohioans every day. Since 2007, unintended drug overdoses have exceeded car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.
- There has been a significant rise in fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Ohio. Fentanyl-related unintentional drug overdose deaths in Ohio more than doubled from 1,555 in 2015 to 2,357 in 2016.
- To find a treatment provider in your area, call the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addition Services at 877-275-6364 or visit http://mha.ohio.gov/.
- To get rid of unused medications, use a drug disposal box. To locate your closest drug disposal box, click here.
- Naloxone (also known as narcan) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin or prescription pain medications. When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing.
- Naloxone does not reverse overdoses that are caused by non-opioid drugs such as cocaine, benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanax, Klonopin and Valium), methamphetamines or alcohol.
- Naloxone has no harmful effects. If administered to someone who is not experiencing an opioid overdose, it will not cause harm.
- Some pharmacies in Ohio sell naloxone without a prescription. For a list of participating pharmacies, click here.
- The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), along with other state and local agencies are working to address the drug overdoses in Ohio. For more information, click here.
- The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is committed to an approach that protects the public's health and prevents opioid overdose deaths. For more information, click here.