From treatment and prevention to law enforcement activities and harm reduction strategies
Direct access to the people and organizations who can provide assistance
From individual and family action steps to neighborhood and community-wide programs
Heroin is cheap, very potent, and readily available. According to the most recent Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network Report, heroin is “highly available” in the Cincinnati region.
Public funding for addiction treatment continues to plummet. In fiscal year 2009, the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board had $18.9 million available to support addiction treatment. By 2014, this amount dropped to $13.2 million.
The Hamilton County Heroin Coalition provides Countywide and regional leadership and solutions to address the heroin and opiate epidemic both immediately and in the long-term. We are committed to assisting our residents and neighbors with the emergency support that they need, as well as working to prevent the spread of drug use in our youth before it begins. Through collaboration between public health officials, law enforcement, prevention experts and treatment providers, we can make an impact on this pressing public health and public safety issue.
Adequately investing in addressing this problem will produce a cost savings to the community, in addition to saving lives and restoring our families. Every $1 spent on addiction treatment alone will save Hamilton County taxpayers anywhere from $4 to $15, depending on the number of factors taken into consideration. Every $1 spent on prevention can save Hamilton County taxpayers up to $18 in costs stemming from substance use, misuse and addiction.
Coalition Chair: Commissioner Dennis Deters
Chief Richard Braun, Cincinnati Fire Department
Mary Haag, PreventionFIRST!
Tim Ingram, Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner
Jim Schwab, President and CEO, Interact for Health
Chief Tom Synan, Newtown Police Department, Hamilton County Association of Chiefs of Police
Patrick Tribbe, President/CEO, Hamilton County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board
Neil Tilow, President/CEO, Talbert House