The Ohio State University, along with other statewide partners, aims to reduce opioid-related deaths by 40% over three years thanks to a $65.9 million federal grant. The study will focus efforts in 19 Ohio counties hit the hardest by the opioid crisis.
Efforts include using real-time research to focus on prevention, treatment and recovery programs. The initiative is needed because more than 4,000 Ohioans died from opioid-related overdoses in 2017.
The 19 counties represent a cross-section of urban and rural, including Ashtabula, Athens, Brown, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Guernsey, Hamilton, Huron, Morrow, Ross, Stark and Wyandot.