Key Focus to combat heroin and opiate abuse

COLUMBUS – In March 2015, Franklin County Coroner, Dr. Anahi Ortiz, convened the Drug Overdose Initiative to look into the rising rate of deaths from overdoses in Franklin County. Since its inception, many agencies involved in addiction and law enforcement have joined the initiative and participated in monthly meetings. Several agencies will be adding community education programs and materials based on ideas and information gathered from these discussions.

In March 2016, Franklin County Coroner, Dr. Anahi Ortiz, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott, Dr. Delaney Smith, System Chief Clinical Officer ADAMH, Susan Tilgner, Franklin County Health Commissioner, Franklin County Public Health and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine , will be hosting a summit bringing together Franklin County agencies and offices involved in addiction and overdoses to develop a community action plan. The mission will be to educate Franklin County residents on this alarming crisis and partner on actions to combat it as a community. An addendum is included with a list of agencies involved in the Drug Overdose Initiative. Further details on the Franklin County Addiction and Overdose Summit will be announced later this year.

If you have any questions, please contact any of the following committee members:

Summit Chairperson
Dr. Anahi Ortiz – Franklin County Coroner: 614 525 5290 or

Steering Committee Members
Chief Deputy Rick Minerd, Sheriff’s Office: Law Enforcement Committee,
614 525 3350 or

Dr. Delaney Smith, ADAMH: Health and Therapeutics Committee
614 222-3751

Susan Tilgner, Franklin County Public Health: Education and Prevention Committee
614 525 3670 or

Amy O’Grady, Ohio Attorney General’s Office: Legislation
Attorney General’s Office Communications Department: 614-728-4946


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