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The Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the Office of Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, and the agencies throughout the city and the county that are touched by the opiate crisis came together in 2017 to develop an aggressive plan to save as many lives as possible. The National Association of Counties (NACo) endorses this plan as a model for similar action plans in jurisdictions throughout the country, especially large urban counties.
The Franklin County Opiate Action Plan assertively attempts to stabilize the issue in the short term while offering important long-term strategies. The plan focuses on four overarching goals:
- Prevent opiate abuse and addiction;
- Reduce the number of opiate-related deaths;
- Expand access and decrease wait for treatment; and
- Improve the safety of our community.