Franklin County Opiate Action Plan
The Franklin County Opiate Action Plan was created by ADAMH at the direction of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther.
More than 250 Central Ohio residents died of accidental drug overdoses in 2016, and about eight people die each day across the state from overdose. Unintentional drug overdose is the leading cause of injury-related death for Ohioans, and the numbers have increased at an alarming rate in recent years.
The Opiate Action Plan focuses on four overarching goals:
- Preventing opiate abuse and addiction
- Reducing the number of opiate-related deaths
- Expanding access for treatment
- Improving the safety of our community
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.
The city and county are working together to fund full-time staff to coordinate putting the Opiate Action Plan into effect, and envision that staff working under the purview of Columbus City Council. Action items for 2017 include community forums to educate and facilitate neighborhood conversations about the opiate epidemic, ensuring an adequate supply of naloxone and organizing drug take-back efforts, and creating an addiction stabilization center offering crisis intervention, detoxification, and intensive treatment for people who have experienced a life-threatening overdose.