Community Overdose Action Team

The Community Overdose Action Team has launched a new logo and brand to help better identify the work it is doing to help reduce overdose deaths and drug misuse in Montgomery County.

Founded in the fall of 2016 during the height of the opioid epidemic, the Community Overdose Action Team is a collective impact model, and a collaboration of numerous agencies including Montgomery County, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, ADAMHS, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, Dayton Police, and local hospital systems and recovery agencies.

Since its inception in 2016, annual overdose deaths have decreased from a peak of 566 in 2017 to a preliminary total of 297 in 2023.

“We are encouraged by the outstanding work of the Community Overdose Action Team in our community and are thankful for all the lives that have been saved,” said Jennifer Wentzel, Health Commissioner, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County.”

The logo’s circular accents represent the community coming together as one, while the new slogan “Ending Overdoses Together,” is a direct call-to-action to everyone in our community. And finally, the bold color purple works to reduce the stigma of addiction. “The color purple is a universal sign of recovery, and the message of hope and recovery that it represents, will help us further connect with residents who are most in need of support,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, Executive Director, ADAMHS.”

“Our collaborative effort as a community continues to evolve to meet the needs of the epidemic,” said Judy Dodge, Montgomery County Commissioner. “The collective use of resources to combat overdose deaths in Montgomery County will continue to be a focus of our efforts.”

The Community Overdose Action Team’s work is generally categorized into 7 main areas of emphasis:

  • Harm Reduction – Increase capacity of harm reduction programming to prevent overdoses and engage clients in support services.
  • Response – Coordinate Quick Response Team efforts and ensure there is an emergency plan for a significant cluster of overdoses.
  • Education & Information – Raise public awareness and knowledge of the dangers of substance misuse and the disease of addiction.
  • Prescription – Support healthcare providers with education about the nature of addiction and knowledge of community resources to ensure patients have the comprehensive services they need for recovery.
  • Treatment & Recovery – Expand access to treatment and community support programs.
  • Criminal Justice – Expand access to and use of treatment and community support programs for those involved in the criminal justice system.
  • Drug Supply Control – Decrease the supply of illicit and illegal substances available for misuse.

For more information about the Community Overdose Action Team, visit www.mccoat.org.

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