The project will include both urban and rural counties in Ohio, which have been hardest hit by opioid deaths and overdoses. The 19 counties are: Allen, Ashtabula, Athens, Brown, Cuyahoga, Darke, Franklin, Guernsey, Greene, Hamilton, Huron, Jefferson, Lucas, Morrow, Ross, Scioto, Stark, Williams and Wyandot.
In 2017, 4,293 Ohioans died from opioid-related overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With that toll, Ohio experienced 39.2 opioid-related overdose deaths per 100,000 people, a rate that is second only to West Virginia.
“We hope to work with communities to implement a compendium of evidence-based interventions to address the opioid epidemic, with a primary focus on curbing the rate of opioid overdose deaths in our communities,” says Brown.