Scioto County Collaborative Opioid Consortium held its first meeting of 2020 with guest speakers from the National Institute of Health.
The meeting held at the Scioto County Welcome Center saw almost every seat filled. The items on the docket basically outlined the group’s plans going forward.
Members of the NIH spoke defining what was next in the “HEAL Initiative.”
Phase two has begun and is expected to last until April. If all goes smoothly, the organization will be complete.
Data Dashboards and profiles will hit the ground running for phase three, then.
In terms of the program itself, a new identity is in order.
A major talking point was a rebranding of the project’s name. The Ohio opioid Project (OHOP) will see a new name and logo designed as the project advances into its next stages.
A few of the possible names suggested were: Take Back Appalachia, Southern Ohio Unite, Appalachian Strong and Southern Ohio: Undivided.
The organization is looking for a name, they state, “Southern Ohioans can get behind.”
The official name will be chosen later, as a write-in option was also available. After the committee votes, the name will be finalized.
With the project moving into its implementation phase, audiences of different creeds will be able to recognize the project. Such as treatment providers, first responders, those that use and the general public.
Researchers from OSU’s College of Public Health have been working with stakeholders. The project will include creation of educational and outreach materials.
Along with a formal rebranding, the work plan for the Scioto County Collaborative opioid Consortium was shown.
The primary goal is to increase the usage of evidence-based strategies for prevention, treatment and harm reduction. Evidence-based strategies can target the different types of opioids and how dangerous they are. Data supports almost 10 million abuse prescription opioids in 2018.
Their first objective on the list is to decrease the rate of unintentional drug-related deaths by 10% before Dec. 31, 2022.
A few of the other objectives along the line supported by NIH’s HEAL Initiative are; to increase those looking for aid, increase recovery groups effectiveness, implement, study and better at least three new strategies to better help stem the epidemic.
With the aid of the National Institute of Health, the project is aiming for aggressive strategies with opioid use. These will be aimed at the community.
Health care professionals, behavioral health, and law enforcement agencies will be given the tools necessary to reduce the epidemic. High-risk individuals are known and precautions can be taken to reduce the threat of opioid misuse.
Strategies and aid will be provided with the NIH ORCCA program. These are based on community needs, feasibility, readiness and other factors.
SCCOC is hoping that with the aid of the NIH, within a small timeframe Scioto county can be alleviated of its opioid epidemic.
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