Office of Epidemiology

Columbus Public Health
240 Parsons Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43215

8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Mon – Fri

Kathy Cowen, M.S., Director
(614) 645-6252

Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction Surveillance

Columbus Public Health, in collaboration with other community partners, has launched a Harm Reduction Program, an initiative to lessen the impact of addiction to heroin and other opiates. This partnership is working to save lives, help people recover and stop the spread of disease through drug abuse prevention education, counseling, testing, and giving access to clean syringes and naloxone. The following measures are used to inform harm reduction efforts in our community:

  • Unintentional drug overdose deaths
  • Drug-related emergency department visits
  • Drug overdose treatment by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 
  • Hepatitis C and HIV cases
  • Selected syringe service program data
  • Babies diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)


These reports provide up-to-date data on drug overdose treatment, outcomes, and prevention in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio.

By Quarter (newest-oldest)

By Week

Interactive Columbus and Franklin County Suspect Overdose Data (2016 to current)

Note: Columbus Fire Department (CFD) EMS data are available through 3/31/2019 while CFD transitions to a new data system. Updates to CFD EMS data will continue once this transition is complete.

To download a PDF snapshot of the dashboard:

  1. Open the dashboard by clicking on the link above.
  2. Once the dashboard is open, click "Go to Data Tool."
  3. Select the download icon located in the icon ribbon on the bottom right hand corner and select PDF.
  4. Select "Create PDF" and download.