Since 2018, community organizations have come together to implement strategies that address the alarming number of central Ohioans suffering with and dying from opioid addiction. Despite our efforts, nearly 700 Franklin County residents died of an opioid overdose in 2021, up 22% from 2019. As the opioid epidemic continues to rise, Franklin County Public Health has created a health practitioner toolkit. Health Practitioner Toolkit Link
SCOPE of Pain: Continuing Education Series
In addition to useful information regarding the current epidemic, the website contains links to evidence-based resources and educational programs offering complementary CME, including SCOPE of Pain created by Boston University. SCOPE of Pain provides guidance for safer/ competent opioid prescribing through online training modules. Several modules cover recognizing and managing individuals with a substance use disorder, and encouraging safer opioid prescribing practices to treat acute and chronic pain. SCOPE of Pain Link
Columbus & Franklin County Addiction Plan Website
The Columbus and Franklin County Addiction Plan also hosts a website [columbus.gov], which includes local resources available for individuals who use drugs, including where to find Narcan, fentanyl tests strips and sterile syringes. Educational materials are available to assist health care practitioners better understand interventions to keep patients safe from harm until they are ready to seek treatment. The Columbus and Franklin County Addiction Plan's new website is now live. Please check it out!