Mail Order Narcan Kit

You can now request a naloxone kit online to be mailed to you and complete a quick online training, all from the safety of your home. In the training you will learn how to:

    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose
    • Distinguish between different types of overdose
    • Perform rescue breathing
    • Call emergency medical services
    • Administer intranasal naloxone
Please complete this quick survey if you would like to receive a FREE Narcan Kit.

Community Narcan Trainings

Franklin County Public Health and its community partners provide free Narcan training where participants learn about the different types of opioids, signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, and how to administer Narcan. Participants receive a free Narcan Kit upon completion of the training. Click here to learn more or to schedule your free community Narcan training.

Opiate Prescribers

As a healthcare professional, it is your responsibility to make sure opiates are being properly prescribed to your patients. Use these helpful resources to make sure opioids are being used in an appropriate and effective way, and to make sure proper disposal of opioids occurs if a patient no longer needs them. For more resources, click here.

CDC Overdose Data to Action Grant

Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) was awarded a three-year Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Overdose Data to Action Grant, which will bring $3.9 million  a year to our community to fight the opiate crisis. The purpose of the funding is to obtain high quality, more comprehensive, and timelier data on overdose morbidity and mortality, and use the data to inform prevention and response efforts. The grant will enable FCPH to expand and enhance existing partnerships in innovative ways to respond to the community crisis and allow partners to continue their great work.

To read more about the grant, please see our news release.

April 13, 2022 - Franklin County Public Health is requesting applications from prospective sub-recipients of available grant funds for the Franklin County Overdose Data to Action Project for the Supplemental Extension Year of September 1, 2022 - August 31, 2023.  Click here for details.

First Responders

First Responder Narcan Administration Guidance during COVID-19

Countywide Narcan Administration Video Training:

Hilliard/Norwich Narcan Administration Video Training:

Medication Disposal

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

Click on the image above for a PDF version. 

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Safe Drug Disposal Guide 
Know the Drug Name

Medication Disposal Bags

As part of the Columbus & Franklin County Opiate Addiction Plan, Franklin County Public Health has partnered with the ADAMH Board of Franklin County to distribute safe medication disposal bags. These bags contain a material that, when mixed with water, deactivates the drugs. Bags will be available at community naloxone trainings.


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.

Denial, Ohio

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.


Franklin County Public Health in collaboration with Columbus Public Health and other community partners, have an online data system to view reports that provide data on drug overdose treatment, outcomes and prevention in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio.

Overdose Data Reports


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
  • Some pharmacies in Ohio sell naloxone without a prescription. For a list of participating pharmacies, click here.