Opiate Crisis Information

Overview If you are in an immediate emergency, call 911.
If you or a loved are experiencing a mental health or substance abuse related emergency call the Netcare Access Crisis Hotline: 614-276-CARE (2273).
Or call the Opiate Crisis Line: 614-724-HOPE (4673), which is available Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.

Opiates are drugs that slow down the activity of the nervous system, which decreases pain and effects breathing. Common Opiates include heroin, oxycodon (Percocet, Percodan, OcyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Norco), fentanyl, hydromorphine (Dilaudid), buprenorphine (Subutex, Suboxone), codeine, methadone, morphine, and tramadol (Ultram).

Listed below are other resources for those in crisis and for those who may know someone in crisis. 
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Access to Naloxone

Access to Naloxone A prescription medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug. Find where to access it. - learn more

Services for Opiate Users

Services for Opiate Users Treatment, supportive services (groups, meetings, self-help), sober housing, access to Naloxone, and syringe access - learn more

Information and Services for Loved Ones

Information and Services for Loved Ones Find support groups and meetings, learn the signs of an overdose, and where you can access Naloxone. - learn more

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Basics of Drug Addiction in the African American Community Presentation from the Columbus Public Health event "Drug Basics in the African-American Community" (Nov. 28, 2018).

Safe Point

Safe Point A comprehensive harm reduction to educate the community about safe drug use and fight the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C. - learn more

Opiate Overdose Prevention

Opiate Overdose Prevention Know the signs of an opiate overdose, what to do and local resources. - learn more

Fentanyl Testing Strips

Free Fentanyl Test Strips Fentanyl testing strips are a life-saving overdose prevention tool. Find out where you can get free testing strips at locations around the city. - learn more

Prevention and Education Programs in Franklin County

Prevention and Education Programs in Franklin County These programs prevent the use and/or delay first use of alcohol and other drugs. They are available at the local level and often at no cost to participants. - learn more

Information for Coaches, Athletic Trainers, and Teachers

Information for Coaches, Athletic Trainers, and Teachers Learn about addiction, the risks of prescribed opiates, signs of an overdose, and how to respond to an overdose. - learn more

Opiate Treatment Services

Opiate Treatment Resources in the Columbus areas for opiate treatment, like heroin and prescription painkillers. - learn more

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Hepatitis C Testing Get the basics about Hepatitis C and link to local places for free and anonymous testing. - learn more

Opiate Abuse: Common Questions & Answers

Common Questions and Answers What is addiction? A chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.  Drugs change the brain.  These changes can be long lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people - learn more

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Harm Reduction Reports Quarterly reports provide a snapshot of the most up-to-date data on drug overdose treatment and infectious disease in Franklin County. - learn more

Other Websites and Resources

Other Websites and Resources
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Opiate Resources Pocket Guide The pocket guide and pocket card are reference tools to help people who are impacted by opiate use and addiction. It includes key issues for supporting opiate addiction treatment and recovery. - learn more

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Columbus and Franklin County Addiction Plan The Columbus and Franklin County Addiction Plan is a multi-agency collaborative to combat the opiate crisis. cfcap 22

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Safe Needle & Medicine Disposal Get quick tips on how to safely dispose of needles and medicine, and learn where to find a community disposal site. Learn More