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Overdose Awareness Day - Aug. 31, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine in June signed SB 30 designating Aug. 31 as Ohio Overdose Awareness Day to align with the global event that aims to raise awareness that overdose death is preventable and to reduce the stigma associated with drug-related death.

OHA has created this resource library of resources and events centered around Ohio Overdose Awareness Day. 

National Overdose Awareness Day Resource Library

OHA has aggregated a variery of resources to share with members and local and statewide organizations to use in honor of Ohio Overdose Awareness Day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released overdose data for 2020 showing approximately 5,215 Ohio overdose deaths for the year compared to the 4,219 in 2019, a 21.9% increase. 

2021 Opioid Stewardship Webinar Series

OHA is hosting a 6-part Opioid Stewardship Webinar Series offered at no cost. The series focuses on effective practices for developing an opioid stewardship program. No registration is required. 

Click here to view the event brochure and zoom links. 

Apply for Naloxone Units

In support of Ohio Overdose Awareness Day and Recovery Month this September – RecoveryOhio, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services are partnering to offer 1,000 naloxone units. Applications are due by Sept. 30. 

Learn how to apply for up to 1,000 naloxone units (2,000 doses) per agency per month here

Opioid Data Sharing

OHA since 2018 has provided state, regional and county-level data on opioid overdose encounters at Ohio hospitals to assist local community health and human services organizations as they address the crisis at the local level. 

This data is portrayed across the Opioid Dashboard and provides a clear look at statistics by county statewide. OHA data are derived from the nearly 36 million annual coded hospital encounters in Ohio. The data, which are updated quarterly, is sorted  by gender, race and age range of the patient along with marketplace totals and county level per-capita rates.


Thank you to OHA corporate partner, COVERYS. COVERYS supports the Opioid Stewardship Program Development Initiative with two OHA regional coordinators.   

Additionally, thanks to The Ohio Pharmacists Foundation for its support to offer CE credits to pharmacists with the Opioid Stewardship Webinar series.