Unintentional Prescription Drug Poisoning Project
According to data from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), in 2008, there were 132 unintentional drug overdose deaths among Montgomery County residents. Death certificates revealed 106 (80 percent) of these decedents had prescription opioids, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone, in their systems at the time of death. Benzodiazepines were often found along with the opioids.
Because Montgomery County has an above-average unintentional drug overdose death rate, compared to many other counties in Ohio, Public Health—Dayton & Montgomery County (PHDMC), in collaboration with Montgomery County’s Office of Family and Children First, submitted a proposal to the ODH seeking federal injury prevention block grant funds to address the problem. A renewable grant was awarded in 2010. The WSU Center for Interventions, Treatment & Addictions Research (CITAR) is carrying out the work specified in the grant on a contractual basis. In doing so, CITAR is collaborating with PHDMC, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, and the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board as well as stakeholders in the community.
The goal of the project is to help reduce the rate of unintentional prescription drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County. To accomplish this, the project’s objectives are to: 1) participate in the Montgomery County Opiate Task Force; 2) maintain the Poison Death Review process; 3) implement the Coalition’s recommendations; 4) educate prescribers about OAARS; 5) offer training about the unintentional OD problem to heath care professionals; and 6) develop a social marketing strategy to reduce unintentional Rx overdoses. These objectives are essentially the same ones specified in the initial proposal except that the original Unintentional Drug Poisoning Task Force has been replaced by the Montgomery County Opiate Coalition, which is operated by the Montgomery County ADAMHS Board. Several members from the old Task Force now serve on the Montgomery County Opiate Coalition.
CITAR faculty and staff involved in the project include: Russel Falck, M.A., project director; Robert Carlson, Ph.D., co-director; Raminta Daniulaityte, Ph.D., co-director; Tim Lane, M.Ed., project injury prevention coordinator; Heather Stevens, M.S., project injury prevention coordinator; and Linna Li, M.S., data manager.
Rx Drug Abuse Educational Video Series
The Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research (CITAR) in the Department of Community Health at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has joined with local physicians and other experts to produce a series of short videos, all less than 10 minutes long, to raise awareness of the medical and public health issues surrounding the use of Rx opioids.
The videos are available online at http://www.med.wright.edu/rxdrugs.
Preventing Drug Overdose News Releases and Posters
- Poison Death Review Interim Summary, 2014
- Poison Death Review Summary, 2013
- Poison Death Review Summary, 2012
- Year Three Report
- Poison Death Review Summary, 2011
- Year Two Report
- Recommendation on Naloxone Education and Distribution
- Montgomery County Residents Hospital Emergency Department Visits for Accidental Overdose on Selected Drugs, 2007-2010
- Year One Report
- Poison Death Review Summary, 2010
- Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion: Results of a Survey of Physicians & Dentists
- First Responder Attitudes About Naloxone Use for Prevention of Drug Overdose Deaths
State and Federal Data on Fatal Prescription Overdoses
- Unintentional Drug Overdose Death Rates for Ohio Residents by County
- CDC Grand Rounds: Prescription Drug Overdoses - a U.S. Epidemic
- Community-Based Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs Providing Naloxone
- Overdoses of Rx Opioid Pain Relievers - United States , 1999-2008
- The Burden of Poisoning in Ohio, 1999-2008 (PDF)
- Ohio: Fatal Prescription Drug Overdose/Poisoning
- NCHS: Increase in Fatal Poisonings Involving Opioid Analgesics in the United States, 1999–2006 (PDF)
- White House Policy Statement on Rx Drug Abuse
- Probable Relationship between Rx Opioid Abuse and Heroin Use
- Pain Medicine (Special Issue on Deaths Related to Opioids Prescribed for Chronic Pain: Causes and Solutions)
- Ohio Prescription Drug Task Force Final Report
- Closing Death’s Door: Action Steps to Facilitate Emergency Opioid Drug Overdose Reversal in the United States
- Addressing the problem in Scioto County
- How to Dispose of Unused Medications
Community Symposium on Prescription Drug Abuse
The Center for Interventions, Treatment & Addictions Research collaborated with Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County to web cast a live Community Symposium on Prescription Drug Abuse on Dec. 9, 2010. Its purpose was to raise awareness in the community at-large about the problem of prescription drug abuse and unintentional drug overdoses by providing information on the nature and extent of the problem, including signs and symptoms, alternatives and how to find help. The hour-long web cast may be viewed by clicking the link below.
- View the web cast (large file)
- To view the web cast, you will need Quicktime, a free download
- Learn more about the symposium
Montgomery County Opiate Coalition
The Montgomery County ADAMHS Opiate Task Force has modified its structure and is now known as the Montgomery County Opiate Coalition, under the leadership of Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS). For current information about Montgomery County's continuing efforts to address unintentional drug poisoning and other issues, please visit the Montgomery County ADAMHS website.
Montgomery County ADAMHS Opiate Task Force Meeting Minutes
Coalition Meeting Notes
- Dec. 6, 2011
Sept. 6, 2011
- June 1, 2011
- March 1, 2011
- Dec. 6, 2010
- Nov. 1, 2010
- Sept. 16, 2010
- June 3, 2010
Montgomery County Unintentional Drug Poisoning Coalition Roster
* Center for Interventions, Treatment & Addictions Research (CITAR) Unintentional Drug Poisoning Project Staff