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State of Ohio's Plan to Observe Ohio Overdose Awareness Day

Wednesday, August 31 is Ohio Overdose Awareness Day

With a goal of raising awareness, supporting communities in the fight against drug addiction, and remembering loved ones lost to the epidemic, the state will observe its second “Ohio Overdose Awareness Day” on Wednesday, Aug. 31. The observance was officially sanctioned on June 8, 2021 when Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 30, sponsored by Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls), into law.

Below is a summary of the State of Ohio’s efforts to promote Ohio Overdose Awareness Day. Led by RecoveryOhio, this collaborative plan reflects the work of the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Ohio Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), and the Board of Pharmacy. All strategies are aligned with recommendations in the RecoveryOhio Advisory Council Initial Report.


Statewide Observance

Flags across the state will be lowered to half-staff on August 31 in honor of the lives lost to addiction and to continue to raise awareness around addiction. A statewide proclamation will also be issued.

Ohio Overdose Awareness Day Toolkit

An Ohio Overdose Awareness Day Toolkit has been released for local communities to promote overdose awareness with the theme “Everyone Knows Someone. Overdoses Impact Us All.” The toolkit features social media graphics and posts, videos, posters, and digital ads that can be used by local communities and organizations. These materials also feature real Ohioans who have shared their story of recovery and are showing Ohio that recovery is possible!

Cincinnati Reds Partnership

The Cincinnati Reds will recognize Ohio Overdose Awareness Day at their August 31 game and will feature recovery testimony videos, digital promotions and other advertisements featuring information about Overdose Awareness Day resources. Several individuals who work in the behavioral health care field will also be recognized for their dedication to this work.

Funding for Local Drug Overdose Awareness Day Events

OhioMHAS and ODH have made $768,000 in funding available to local Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health (ADAMH) boards and community organizations to host local Overdose Awareness Day and Recovery Month awareness events.

Community Naloxone Distribution

OhioMHAS and ODH have dedicated $1.9M in additional funds for Naloxone distribution to communities via Project Dawn sites.

Ohio Opioid Curriculum

Ohio continues to support its 23-part Ohio Opioid Curriculum developed by expert healthcare professionals. The goal of these courses is to educate prescribers and behavioral health professionals about drug addiction and its impact on the community. All courses are free through the OhioMHAS e-based academy with free CE/CME.

Expanding Emergency Naloxone Cabinets (NaloxBoxes)

Ohio is purchasing 487 additional naloxone cabinets for community distribution, to be placed in both business and public settings. The cabinets contain naloxone and additional safety materials individuals may need when responding to an overdose.

DREAM Video Series 

The Drug Resilience Education Awareness Mentorship (DREAM) program (dream.ohio.gov) was developed by the Department of Public Safety, the Ohio Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ohio Task Force Commanders Association, and RecoveryOhio to provide Ohio educators, local law enforcement, and others with tools to have important, age-appropriate discussions with kids about drug use and how it can negatively impact their futures. This video series is intended to supplement existing school-based drug prevention programming and is being piloted for grades K-3 in Colerain Elementary and Taylor Elementary (Hamilton County), Wickliffe Elementary (Lake County), RC Waters Elementary (Ottawa County), Antwerp Elementary (Paulding County), Glacier Ridge Elementary (Union County), and a home school group in Marion County.

OhioMHAS Director’s Summit

OhioMHAS will be hosting the 2022 Director’s Summit: Building a helpful, hopeful Ohio; navigating the future together on Aug. 30 at the Hilton Polaris, just north of Columbus. While the department has taken precautions to ensure a safe, healthy meeting environment, we know that given the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Columbus and Franklin County throughout the summer months, a virtual attendance option may be preferred, and has been added. There is no difference in price for attending virtual or in person. If you are planning to attend in person, we encourage you to register now as there are limited in-person seats left. Click the link above to register. If you already registered to attend in person and find that you need to change to virtual, please email adriane@redstory.com.


Ongoing Overdose Awareness and Support Campaigns: