A comprehensive public health response to the opioid crisis in Montgomery County (Dayton, OH)
The Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) was established in 2016 to address the opioid crisis in Montgomery County.
The goals are to stabilize the number of people dying from drug overdoses and reduce the number of fatal overdoses. In addition, COAT identifies services being offered, looks for any existing gaps in services, and explores potential new or expanded ways to combat the drug overdose problem.
As part of this inter-agency collaborative approach, over 60 community leaders from numerous public and private organizations throughout Montgomery County are members of the Steering Committee that help guide the work. All aspects of reducing deaths due to drug overdoses are included in the effort.
Specific teams work on prevention, treatment, law enforcement, the court system, opioid prescription guidelines, education and outreach.
Read their annual report here.