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We have heard too many tragic stories about families who have lost a loved one, with their entire life ahead of them, due to what started as prescription drug abuse. The most recent data available shows unintentional drug overdose has continued to be the leading cause of injury-related death in Ohio, ahead of motor vehicle traffic crashes.

In response to this growing epidemic, Governor John Kasich created the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team to attack opiate abuse on every front. The Action Team is comprised of several state agencies that work together to combat opiate abuse by making a difference in each of their respective areas of influence.

Since the creation of program, the state has made it more difficult to traffic drugs, decreased the number of opioids prescribed, informed Ohioans on how to talk to their children about drugs, and expanded treatment for those who fall victim to opioid abuse. While the state has made progress in the fight against opiate abuse, there is still more to be done to ensure every Ohioan has the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Please explore this website to learn more about Ohio’s efforts to combat opiate abuse.

Ohio's Fight Against Drugs

  • Created the Governor's Opiate Action Team
  • Shut down pill mills
  • Stepping up enforcement efforts
  • Opiate prescribing guidelines for physicians
  • Empowering prescribers and pharmacists to prevent opiate abuse
  • Increasing mental health and addiction care through Medicaid
  • Treating addiction in Ohio's prisons
  • StartTalking!
  • Access to Naloxone
  • $1 billion invested this year
  • S.B. 319

Fighting the Drug Epidemic

As states struggle with the epidemic of drug abuse and addiction, Ohio has been working for six years develop an agile, comprehensive and community-centered plan of action.

Accomplishments

Interdiction by law enforcement is a necessary intervention in combatting the opioid epidemic. Yet, the opiate issue is one of the more complex drug challenges that law enforcement has ever faced. Coordination across jurisdictions and with regulatory boards is a critical step.

  • 2011: Gov. Kasich signs HB 93 into law to shut down "pill mill" pain clinics that fuel Ohio's opiate crisis.
  • 2011: The Ohio Highway Patrol reports that it seized more than 38,000 prescription pills and 16,400 grams of heroin in calendar year 2011.
  • 2012: Ohio hosts first statewide Opiate Summit, drawing more than 1,000 addiction, law enforcement, policy and medical professionals.
  • 2012: The Ohio Highway Patrol reports that it seized more than 39,900 prescription pills and 34,800 grams of heroin in calendar year 2012.
  • 2013: A partnership with local law enforcement is strengthened by investing $3 million in behavioral health programs through local jails to reduce recidivism.
  • 2013: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine establishes the Attorney General's Heroin Unit, which assists local law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting upper-level drug traffickers in Ohio.
  • 2013: The Ohio Highway Patrol reports that it seized more than 54,200 prescription pills and 46,200 grams of heroin in calendar year 2013.
  • 2014: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine awards more than $500,000 to law enforcement in Allen County to combat the flow of heroin along I-75.
  • 2014: The Ohio Attorney General's Office launches Heroin Recognition and Investigation Training for law enforcement through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.
  • 2014: The Ohio Highway Patrol reports that it seized more than 37,900 prescription pills and 14,100 grams of heroin in calendar year 2014.
  • 2011-2014: The State Medical Board of Ohio and the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, working in conjunction with the Ohio Attorney General's Office, revokes the licenses of 61 doctors and 15 pharmacists for violations involving improper prescribing or dispensing of prescription drugs.
  • 2015: The Office of Criminal Justice Services contributes $100,000 to the Heroin Partnership Project, a collaborative effort of federal, state and local agencies focused on reducing heroin and opiate overdose deaths in Ross County.
  • 2015: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy trains local law enforcement agencies on how to conduct drug overdose investigations, including the use of the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System.
  • 2015-16: Inappropriate opiate prescribing continues to be one of the top reasons the State Medical Board of Ohio takes action on a physician's license, with more than 165 prescribing complaints results in State Fiscal Year 2016.
  • 2016: During the first six months of 2016, the Ohio Highway Patrol seizes 53,000 grams of heroin.
  • 2016: The Ohio Highway Patrol crime lab encounters a significant increase in fentanyl submissions: 175 submissions in 2016 compared to 103 in 2015.
  • 2016: The Ohio State Highway Patrol seizes 167 pounds of heroin and 64,708 prescription pills. Arrests for illegal drugs increase 136 percent from 2010 (5,643) to 2016 (13,334).
  • 2016: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy works with Governor Kasich to obtain emergency authorization to make a synthetic opiate known as U-47700 a Schedule I controlled substance and subject to criminal drug penalties. U-47700, which is nearly eight times stronger than morphine, is linked to several non-fatal overdoses and at least one death in Northeast Ohio. By taking immediate action, Ohio becomes the first state in the nation to specifically ban this lethal substance.
  • 2016: The U.S. Department of Justice selects the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy to receive a $400,000 grant to hire additional agents specifically assigned to review the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System data for violations of criminal and administrative law.
  • 2011-2017: The State Medical Board of Ohio takes disciplinary action against 273 medical licenses (doctors and physician assistants) for violations involving improper prescribing of prescription drugs.
  • 2016-2017: During State Fiscal Year 2017, the Ohio Department of Public Safety Office of Criminal Justice Services provides more than $5.5 million in funding to support 40 local drug task forces throughout Ohio.

To help prevent youth drug use before it starts, Gov. Kasich launched Start Talking! in January 2014. Start Talking! is Ohio's statewide youth drug prevention initiative that brings together proven prevention strategies to promote the importance of having drug-free conversations with our youth. Research shows that children whose parents or other trusted adults talk with them about the risks of drugs are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs. Start Talking! features three components designed to provide parents, teachers, guardians and community leaders with simple tools to get the conversation started: Know!, Parents360-Rx, and 5 Minutes for Life. Visit the Start Talking! website at starttalking.ohio.gov for details.

  • 2013-14: More than 16,500 high school student-athletes participate in 5 Minutes for Life sessions held before or after practice, during which Ohio state troopers, local law enforcement officers and National Guard members talk about responsible decision-making, leadership and encouraging their peers to live a drug-free lifestyle.
  • 2014: An additional 6,400 parents, teachers and employers sign up for Know! tips and TEACHable Moments with a total reach of more than 40,000 as a result of organizations sharing the information. They join a subscriber base of more than 60,000.
  • 2014-15: More than 17,700 student-athletes participate in Minutes for Life sessions held before or after practices.
  • 2014-2015: Start Talking! awards 22 grants totaling $1.5 million to communities to help strengthen school- based prevention and resiliency programming for at-risk youth.
  • 2014: An overview of Start Talking! was presented to approximately 500 nurses at three ODH Regional School Nurse Conferences.
  • 2014: Gov. Kasich signs HB 367 into law, requiring school districts to provide education about prescription medication and opiate abuse.
  • 2015: The Ohio Department of Health releases results of the Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey which indicates a 50 percent decrease in the number of Ohio teens who used a prescription painkiller without a doctor's prescription.
  • 2015: Start Talking! is displayed at ODH's annual New School Nurse Orientation.
  • 2015-2016: The 5 Minutes for Life program is expanded in 2015 to be available year round. During the 2015-16 school year, more than 53,000 students participate in program presentations.
  • 2016: More than 60,000 parents and teachers receive bi-weekly Know! parent tips and TEACHable Moments.
  • 2017: As of March 2017, total student attendance across nearly 900 5 Minutes for Life presentations since the program was created tops 132,000. In addition, a total of 2,370 students became ambassadors promoting healthy lifestyles among their peers.

Ohio officials have worked diligently with the medical community to find the right balance between making sure pain interventions are available to patients who need it while taking important steps to limit the number of opioid prescription medications that diverted and sold on the street for illicit use.

  • 2011: The Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team develops low dose protocol for buprenorphine and Suboxone.
  • 2012: The Ohio Attorney General's Office, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Drug Free Action Alliance launch the Ohio Prescription Drug Drop Box Program by providing secure disposal bins to more than 60 law enforcement agencies.
  • 2012: The Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team rolls out opioid prescribing guidelines for emergency room and acute care facilities.
  • 2013: The Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team introduces prescribing guidelines for Ohio's opioid prescribers for safe management of chronic, non-terminal pain.
  • 2014: ODH provides seed funding for local prescription drug overdose prevention projects in Cuyahoga County, Clermont County and the City of Portsmouth with a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The projects include coalition development, healthcare prescriber education and healthcare system changes for safer prescribing practices.
  • 2014: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy adopts rules authorizing pharmacies to accept unused or expired prescription controlled substances from the public.
  • 2014: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy receives a $386,000 federal grant to make enhancements to improve the use of the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System.
  • 2014: The number of prescription opiates dispensed to Ohio patients in 2014 decreased by more than 40 million doses compared to 2013.
  • 2014: The number of individuals "doctor shopping" for opiates decreased from more than 3,100 in 2009 to approximately 960 in 2014, according to data from the State Board of Pharmacy's Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS).
  • 2014: To improve care to our veterans and reduce prescription drug abuse, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy completed a project that allows the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to report all prescription controlled substances dispensed from their Ohio facilities to the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS).
  • 2014: An analysis of OARRS data shows a 10.8 percent reduction in the number of Ohio patients receiving prescription opiates (excluding Suboxone) at doses greater than the 80 mg Morphine Equivalent Daily Dose since the establishment of Ohio's opiate prescribing guidelines in October 2013.
  • 2015: Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team releases a Health Resource Toolkit for healthcare providers to address opioid abuse.
  • 2015: Use of the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System by opioid prescribers continued to increase. In the second quarter of 2015, OARRS receives more than 2.2 million queries by prescribers compared to 156,289 for the same quarter in 2010.
  • 2015: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy provides healthcare regulatory boards with the names of more than 15,500 clinicians who violated Ohio laws by prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines and not checking the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System.
  • 2015: Prescription Drug take-back targeted at state employees nets more than 100 pounds of unused, expired, unwanted prescription medications (roughly 95,000 pills).
  • 2015: The Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team prepares to launch guidelines for the management of acute pain outside the hospital emergency department setting. The guidelines address treatment without drugs, non-opioid drug treatment and safe opioid drug treatment. Pending
  • 2015: CDC selects Ohio among 16 states to receive between $750,000-$1 million a year over four years to combat prescription drug overdoses. The funding is to be used to enhance prescription drug monitoring programs; educate providers and patients about the risks of prescription drug overdose; work with healthcare systems, insurers and healthcare professionals to help them make informed decisions when prescribing pain medication; and respond to new and emerging drug overdose issues.
  • 2015: U.S. Department of Justice selects the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy to receive a $200,000 grant to develop new OARRS educational and training resources for healthcare schools, colleges and residency programs. Saving Lives by Expanding Access to Overdose Antidote Ohio has taken steps to prevent drug overdose deaths through the expanded availability and use of the overdose reversal drug naloxone. Ohio's naloxone efforts also serve to educate persons who are addicted on available treatment options.
  • 2015: Governor Kasich announces an investment of up to $1.5 million a year to integrate the Ohio Automated Rx reporting System directly into electronic medical records and pharmacy dispensing systems across the state, allowing instant access for prescribers and pharmacists.
  • 2015: The number of opiate doses dispensed to Ohio patients decreased by almost 92 million from 2012 to 2015.
  • 2015: The number of individuals “doctor shopping” for opiates decreased from 2,493 in 2010 to 720 in 2015, according to data from the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy's Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System.
  • 2015: The State Medical Board adopts office-based opiate treatment rules to provide uniform standards for treating patients with opiate addiction using buprenorphine.
  • 2016: The Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team launches guidelines for the management of acute pain outside hospital emergency departments and acute care facilities. The guidelines address treatment without drugs, nonopiate drug treatment and safe opiate drug treatment.
  • 2016: Data from the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System finds that doctor shopping for prescription opiates has decreased more than 78 percent since 2012.
  • 2016: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy issues updated rules requiring increased use of the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System by pharmacists prior to dispensing controlled substance medications.
  • 2016: The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation announces that since the creation of the its first-ever formulary and other pharmacy-management efforts, opiate prescriptions have steadily fallen, dropping by 23.8 million doses, or 41 percent, since 2010.
  • 2016: The State Medical Board of Ohio develops an online education video to promote the new prescribing guidelines for acute pain outside of hospital emergency departments and acute care facilities. More than 11,000 healthcare professionals complete the video, including the pre- and post-questions. Participation includes dentists and optometrists — segments that have not traditionally been included in opiate education.
  • 2016: To ensure compliance with laws requiring prescriber use of the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy begins sending monthly referrals to licensing boards of prescribers who may have failed to use the system as required.
  • 2016: In response to Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System data provided by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy, the State Medical Board of Ohio begins monthly communications to licensees who may not have complied with Ohio law requiring the use of the drug monitoring system. These communications result in the increased use of the system by Medical Board licensees.
  • 2016: Ohio Department of Health funding through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supports local prescription drug overdose projects in 14 high-risk counties. The projects involve developing local coalitions to increase local opiate prescriber use of the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, increase prescriber use of Ohio's opiate prescribing guidelines, and increase local access to naloxone.
  • 2017: The Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System reports a record high of 265,242 requests by prescribers and pharmacists in a single day. By comparison, the single day high in 2016 was 86,129 prescriber and pharmacist requests.
  • 2017: Ohio's Opiate Mid-biennium Budget Review package (SB 319) ends an exemption in Ohio law that had allowed sole proprietors – medical doctors, veterinarians, dentists and other healthcare professionals in private practices – to distribute controlled substances to their patients without any oversight from the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
  • 2017: Efforts by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy to integrate the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System into electronic health records and pharmacy dispensing systems result in more than 1,700 pharmacists and 12,000 prescribers having immediate access

Making sure that Ohioans have access to treatment – including Medication-Assisted Treatment in combination with traditional counseling – along with key recovery supports such as stable housing, employment services, relapse prevention and more has been a critical focus in Ohio.

  • 2011: Gov. Kasich signs Executive Order authorizing the expanded use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (buprenorphine, vivitrol, methadone) in responding to the state's opiate crisis.
  • 2012: Ohio Medicaid introduces coverage of Medication-Assisted Treatment services.
  • 2012: The Mid-Biennium Budget Review includes $3 million for opiate addiction treatment.
  • 2012: The Office of the Governor awards $2.1 million to Ohio's children's hospitals to fund several research projects. Of that total, $1 million was set aside for the development of a standardized treatment protocol for addressing neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in newborns.
  • 2013: The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services receives a $10 million federal grant to support implementation of a screening and wellness tool for physicians called SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment). SBIRT also becomes a billable service under Ohio Medicaid.
  • 2013: New Southern Ohio Addiction Treatment Center is established in Jackson County, addressing a gap in local services for individuals who are opioid-dependent.
  • 2014: Extension of Medicaid coverage in Ohio begins, making addiction treatment services available to more individuals.
  • 2014: The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services partners with Ohio Medicaid to launch the Maternal Opiate Medical Support (MOMS) pilot project to develop best practices for treating addicted mothers and for addressing neonatal abstinence syndrome among newborns.
  • 2014: The Mid-Biennium Budget Review includes funding for drug prevention, recovery housing, and drug courts.
  • 2014: The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services launches an Addiction Treatment Pilot Project to provide Medication-Assisted Treatment to drug court participants in six counties.
  • 2014: Gov. Kasich speaks to teams from across Ohio at a Judicial Symposium to encourage collaborative efforts to fight drug abuse and promote the drug court model.
  • 2014-15: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine awards a total of $800,000 to Lucas County to develop a pilot program aimed at helping those suffering from heroin addiction get the assistance they need to move towards recovery. The University of Toledo will study and evaluate the effectiveness of the program for its potential use as a model for recovery in other communities across the state.
  • 2015: The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services participated with the Ohio Highway Patrol in successful SHIELD details by helping connect drug users intercepted by law enforcement to treatment.
  • 2016-17: The state budget for the biennium calls for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and OhioMHAS to expand the availability of treatment within state prisons and upon release; to continue to invest in recovery housing; and provides additional funding to expand the Addiction Treatment Pilot Project to a total of 15 counties.
  • 2016: The Ohio Department of Public Safety Office of Criminal Justice Services directs $244,000 to help fund five drug treatment projects through the Federal Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program, which funds addiction treatment in prisons, jails and after-care facilities.
  • 2016: During State Fiscal Year 2017, the Ohio Department of Public Safety Office of Criminal Justice Services provides more than $5.5 million in funding to support 40 local drug task forces in communities throughout Ohio.
  • 2016: The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation creates a rule requiring physicians to employ current best medical practices when treating injured workers with opioids, including the development of an individualized treatment plan, risk assessment and monitoring of the progress and improvement in the function of the worker.
  • 2016: A new rule allows the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to provide injured workers with treatment for opiate dependence, including psychological counseling and medication-assisted treatment for recovery.
  • 2016: Governor Kasich's 2016 Mid-biennium Budget Review strengthens oversight by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy, and encourages responsible treatment to prevent opiate overdoses. The legislation eliminates outdated requirements that excluded certain qualified providers from operating in Ohio and revises the opiate treatment program rules so they are focused on promotion of national standards set by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. This will allow new operations with experience in other states to open for business here, increasing the availability of treatment options while ensuring these new clinics are under state regulatory control.
  • 2017: To improve patient access, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy develops rules permitting pharmacists to administer long-acting, non-narcotic medication assisted treatment at pharmacies.
  • 2017: As of March, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services' Addiction Treatment Program partners with 37 drug or family dependency courts in 22 counties. Since its roll out in January 2016, the program has reached 942 eligible drug-court clients with treatment services and recovery supports.
  • 2017: To ensure medication-assisted treatment is appropriately prescribed and to increase the success of this form of treatment, Ohio's Opiate Mid-biennium Budget Review (SB 319) requires facilities where prescribers treat 30 individuals or more to be licensed by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy unless the facility is a licensed hospital or is already certified by the state.
  • 2017: The 2018-19 Executive Budget proposes to authorize voluntary county or regional Drug Overdose Fatality Review Committees, and to give their local experts legal authority to review data sources containing confidential information such as medical records with protected health information. Such information provides insight into circumstances surrounding drug overdose deaths, giving Ohio's communities another tool to help them target their local efforts in preventing overdoses and saving lives.

Ohio has taken steps to prevent drug overdose deaths through the expanded availability and use of the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone. Ohio's naloxone efforts also serve to educate persons who are addicted on available treatment options.

  • 2012: The Ohio Department of Health provides seed funding for a pilot naloxone education and distribution program called Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) in Scioto County.
  • 2013: The Ohio Department of Health funds additional Project DAWN sites in Ross, Stark and Hamilton Counties. These sites joined existing sites in Cuyahoga, Scioto and Montgomery counties.
  • 2013: The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services begins offering Project DAWN kits to patients leaving state psychiatric hospitals who are at-risk of overdose.
  • 2013: Governor Kasich signs SB 57 into law establishing a one-year naloxone pilot project in Lorain County that permits first responders to administer naloxone.
  • 2013: Ohio EMS personnel administer naloxone 12,575 times.
  • 2014: Governor Kasich signs HB 170 into law, expanding the use of naloxone so that first responders can administer the drug, and allowing family and friends to get prescriptions for loved ones at risk of overdosing on opiates.
  • 2014: The Ohio Attorney General’s Office develops an online training course for law enforcement and an educational video for the public regarding the administration of naloxone.
  • 2014: Ohio EMS personnel administer naloxone 16,608 times.
  • 2014: Fourteen Project DAWN programs provided 2,894 naloxone kits with 190 overdose reversals/lives saved.
  • 2015: Thirty-four Project DAWN community sites operate in 27 counties, and 16 sites operate in drug addiction treatments centers and hospital emergency departments.
  • 2015: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine negotiates an agreement with naloxone manufacturer Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. regarding rebates for public entities that purchase Amphastar naloxone.
  • 2015: Governor Kasich signs HB 4 into law, further expanding access to naloxone by permitting pharmacists to dispense it without a prescription.
  • 2015: To assist pharmacies in the implementation of HB 4, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy develops a dedicated web page, www.pharmacy.ohio.gov/naloxone, which features helpful resources, including a guidance document, sample protocol and a listing of all participating pharmacies. The Pharmacy Board also offers printed, no-cost patient educational materials to any participating pharmacy.
  • 2015: Ohio EMS personnel administered naloxone 19,782 times.
  • 2015: The State Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget includes an investment of $500,000 per year to purchase naloxone for distribution to law enforcement by local health departments. County health departments utilize this funding to purchase more than 7,800 naloxone kits in SFY 2016, resulting in more than 2,300 lives saved.
  • 2016: More than 900 Ohio pharmacies in 79 counties offer naloxone without a prescription.
  • 2016: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues a report based on a team’s visit to Ohio at the Ohio Department of Health’s request to help examine the state’s increase in fentanyl-related drug overdose deaths. The report recognizes Ohio’s comprehensive response to combating the opiate crisis and makes recommendations, including further expanding access to and use of naloxone.
  • 2016: Training videos are posted on the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s EMS website to assist providers with the intranasal and auto-injector administration of naloxone.
  • 2016: The Ohio Department of Health provides start-up funding for new Project DAWN sites in five high-risk counties.
  • 2016: Governor Kasich signs HB 110 which includes Ohio's "Good Samaritan" provision that will provide immunity from prosecution to those who seek emergency help for the victim of an overdose.
  • 2016: The Ohio Departments of Health and Mental Health and Addiction Services launch a multi-media awareness campaign educating the public in 29 high-burden counties about the signs of a drug overdose and urging family and friends of people who use drugs to carry naloxone and where to get it. The campaign includes billboards, a radio spot and a web page at stopoverdoses.ohio.gov
  • 2016: Project DAWN programs dispense 10,477 naloxone kits resulting in 907 known overdose reversals.
  • 2016: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy issues guidance to hospitals on providing naloxone to patients upon discharge.
  • 2017: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy issues guidance to EMS organizations on providing naloxone to individuals treated for an opiate overdose.
  • 2017: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy issues a resolution permitting law enforcement and first responder agencies to transfer naloxone between agencies to avoid the expiration of this lifesaving drug.
  • 2017: Project DAWN programs expand to include 58 sites in 45 counties.
  • 2017: Seventy-five percent of all retail pharmacies in Ohio (1,598 out of 2,123) are offering naloxone without a prescription in 85 out of 88 counties.
  • 2017: Ohio’s Opiate Mid-biennium Budget Review package (SB 319) allows facilities that regularly interact with high-risk individuals to have on-site access to naloxone. Facilities benefiting from this measure include homeless shelters, halfway houses, schools and treatment centers.
  • 2017: The Ohio Department of Health produces a toolkit that local communities can use to implement Project DAWN programs. The toolkit covers such topics as protocols for providing naloxone, sample policies and procedures, sample forms, naloxone grants for counties and staff training.
  • 2017: The 2018-19 Executive Budget proposes an additional $1 million each year of the biennium to launch local Project DAWN programs in communities without convenient access to naloxone.