Opioid Action Team: First-Response Initiatives
Lorain County, Ohio

About Us

In 2017, the Mental Health, Addiction & Recovery services (MHARS) Board received the Lorain County's First Response (LCFR) Grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This grant aligns with the Lorain County Community Health Improvement Plan goals to 1) Reduce Overdose Use Disorder (OUD) deaths 2) Increase access to treatment include Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

The Project's Goals/Objectives For LCFR Are The Following:

Goal 1

Ensure all first responders, including police personnel and other key community sectors are trained and receive nasal Naloxone. 

Objective 1: 95% of every police department's personnel are trained and equipped to carry Nasal Naloxone. 

Objective 2: Increase the number of community members who receive education and training on Nasal Naloxone and obtain Nasal Naloxone kits.

Goal 2: 

Increase the number of opioid and heroin overdoses reversed by first responders and community members

Objective 1: Streamline and collect overdose use and reversal data from first responders, and emergency rooms to ensure that our outreach approaches are effective. 

Objective 2: Use date mapping for overdoses to disseminate a comprehensive Overdose Prevention Awareness Campaign that includes: how to obtain and use Naloxone, Good Samaritan Laws, safe drug/medication disposal and how to access local resources for individuals and family members regarding treatment, recovery and family supports.

Goal 3:

Increase the knowledge of first responders about addiction.

Objective 1: Educate first responders, including police personnel about the variety of addiction, recovery and treatment services available.

Objective 2: First responders will have resources for their use in communities on how to access treatment and recovery supports and services. 

Goal 4:

Increase the number of overdose survivors who engage in treatment and/or recovery supports.

Objective 1: Recruit and create Quick Response Teams with local police departments, treatment providers , parish nurses and peer supporters.

Objective 2: 50% of Overdose survivors who engage with Quick Response Teams will access treatment and recovery supports within 30 days of an overdose.