Fighting the Opioid Epidemic
Alina Sharafutdinova / Class of 2017
According to the Ohio Department of Health, the rate of drug overdose deaths has increased by 642 percent since 2015, surpassing the national average. On average this means eight people die every day in Ohio due to unintentional drug overdose.
Within Franklin County, five zip codes have been identified as high-risk communities for opiate overdose deaths. Within those areas, one high school and its surrounding community will be chosen to implement an in-school educational training curriculum and interactive drug prevention efforts.
The Ohio Opioid Action Plan will make strides in combating the opioid epidemic in Franklin County neighborhoods. The Plan’s goals are to empower children to make healthy life choices, reduce the number of fatal overdoses, and increase enrollment in drug rehabilitation programs. It will engage a diverse group of educators, law enforcement, local business partners, and volunteers to build a positive community response to this growing epidemic.