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Ohio's initiatives to fight opiate and prescription abuse
Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team

In 2011, Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich announced the establishment of the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team to fight opiate abuse. Ohio is combatting drug abuse through many initiatives on several fronts at the state and local levels involving law enforcement, public health, addiction and treatment professionals, healthcare providers, educators, parents and many others. It will take some time for their full impact to be reflected in reducing the number of drug overdose deaths.

Opiate Mid-Biennium Review (S.B. 319) passes General Assembly Dec. 8, 2016

2011-2017 Initiatives to fight Opiate Abuse

2015 Ohio Drug Overdose Data

Background information on Fentanyl
CDC Health Advisory on Fentanyl-related Overdose Fatalities
Rapid Increase in Drug Overdoses Community Response Plan Template

Andrea Boxill
Deputy Director
Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team
(614) 752-8359

GCOAT Toolkit

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Prescribing Guidelines

Three types of guidelines are intended to supplement and not replace the individual prescriber’s clinical judgment in various medical settings.


Click logo for educational resources to help prevent the misuse of prescription medications. Generation Rx is a partnership between The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and the Cardinal Health Foundation.

Click logo to view a video on "Partnering for a Safer Ohio - Heroin Epidemic"
with Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born and directors of the Division of Emergency Medical Services.

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