CDC Overdose Data to Action
Columbus and Franklin County Addiction Plan
When your medicines are no longer needed, they should be disposed of promptly. Consumers and caregivers should remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from their home as quickly as possible to help reduce the chance that others accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine, and to help reduce drugs from entering the environment.
In Franklin County, there are several drug drop boxes. To view locations outside the 270 outerbelt, zoom out on the map by clicking the minus sign in the upper left corner.
The Knows of How to Dispose
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Medication Disposal Bags
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 Columbus & Franklin County Addiction Plan is a community action plan designed to decrease overdoses, overdose deaths and infectious diseases like Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. 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.
The opioid epidemic is impacting all corners of life in our state. No household is immune, regardless of socioeconomic background. The Ohio Opioid Education Alliance was formed to prevent children and youth from misusing prescription opioids. Most parents are aware of the opioid problem, but the vast majority don’t believe opioid abuse is a threat to their child. In reality, opioid addiction is likely to start with the abuse of unused or unsecured prescription opioids that pervade Ohio households.
The Ohio Opioid Education Alliance is a coalition of business, education, nonprofit, civic and government organizations committed to the education and prevention of opioid misuse and abuse. Franklin County Public Health is a member of the Alliance.
Visit Denial, Ohio's website to find out what you can do to protect the next generation from the opioid epidemic.
Resources and Additional Information
- Columbus and Franklin County Opiate Community Resource Guide
- 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/.
- Some pharmacies in Ohio sell naloxone without a prescription. For a list of participating pharmacies, click here.