Drug Abuse Prevention Programs

Project DAWN

Project DAWN - Deaths Avoided with Naloxone (Narcan)

The Licking County Health Department was awarded a Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) grant from the United Way of Licking County which implements a community-wide naloxone (also known as narcan) distribution program. Naloxone/Narcan is a medication that can be used to quickly reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug. The purpose of the project is first to educate opioid users, their family members or their friends on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a drug overdose. Then, if necessary, how to call emergency medical services, perform rescue breathing and administer naloxone/narcan nasally. Naloxone/Narcan has been used safely for over 40 years. It has no potential for abuse. To receive more information or to participate in a free and confidential Project DAWN training for yourself, a friend, or a family member, please call LCHD at (740) 349-6685 or email mhagstad@lickingcohealth.org.

The Licking County Health Department also offers a free naloxone kit to Licking County residents through the mail. To participate, just fill out an on-line survey and watch a training video by clicking https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LCProjectDawn.

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Prescription Drug Abuse and Overdose Prevention Program

Navigating the health care system that provides safety-net services can be challenging. LCHD provides referrals and recommendations to aid those seeking affordable health and dental care.

The purpose of this program is to advance and evaluate comprehensive interventions for preventing prescription drug overuse, misuse, abuse, and overdose. Interventions  address drivers of the prescription drug overdose epidemic, particularly the misuse and inappropriate prescribing of opioid pain relievers. LCHD will be working to implement prevention strategies to improve safe prescribing practices and prevent prescription drug overuse, misuse, abuse, and overdose. In addition, the program will enhance and empower local community interventions by deploying and coordinating intensive prevention efforts in high-burden communities and working with local entities to share information and best practices in addressing overdose trends.

A coalition will be formed to coordinate local initiatives, improve information sharing, and to identify gaps in services.

For information on referrals or health services available in the area call 211, or to speak with a nurse call (740) 349-6535.

Local Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs

Licking County Quick Response Team - through Mental Health and Recovery of Licking and Knox Counties: Link

Addiction/Substance Abuse Disorder Support Groups: Narcotics Anonymous Family Groups - Nar/Anon, Al-Anon, etc. Link

Comprehensive Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Link

Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program: A recognized provider of alcohol and drug-related treatment services. http://lapp.cc/

Behavioral Healthcare Partners - BHP

Licking Memorial Behavioral Health - Shepherd Hill - Chemical Dependency http://www.shepherdhill.net/

Looking for Treatment? Use the SAMHSA Treatment Locator or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

Prescription Drugs and Sharps Disposal 

Occasionally we get calls asking how to dispose of used syringes or old medications. We can accept sharps for disposal from households, and we charge $5 for a normal sized container disposal. We cannot accept any medications for disposal. Under Ohio law, only law enforcement agencies and pharmacies can be prescription drug drop off locations.

In Licking County the following locations accept pills, however, they do not accept liquid medications.

  • Licking County Sheriff’s Office, 155 E Main Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
  • Newark Police Department, 39 S. 4th Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
  • Pataskala Police Department, 430 S. Main Street, Pataskala, Ohio 43062
  • Johnstown Police Department, 599 D. Main St., Johnstown, Ohio 43031
  • Hebron Police Department, 934 W. Main St., Hebron, Ohio 43025
  • Granville Police Department, 141 E. Broadway, Granville, Ohio 43023
  • Heath Police Department, 1287 Hebron Rd., Heath, Ohio 43056

More information on prescription drug disposal can be found at https://pathwaysofcentralohio.com/rxcollect/

Small amounts of most medications can also either be disposed of by mixing with solid waste, or by flushing down the drain. Disposal options for specific meds can be found at https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/EnsuringSafeUseofMedicine/SafeDisposalofMedicines/ucm186187.htm

Small quantities of syringes from personal use can also be disposed of with your solid waste. Guidelines suggest placing used needles in a household container such as a laundry detergent or bleach bottle, or a sturdy, opaque plastic container with a screw-top lid. When the container is 3/4 of the way full, seal the lid with duct tape, label "DO NOT RECYCLE" and place container in your regular trash. Instructions on how to do that are available at http://www.epa.ohio.gov/portals/34/document/guidance/gd_462.pdf


Start TalkingStart Talking! is a program to give parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives. http://starttalking.ohio.gov/

StartYourRecovery.orgA source of relatable, reliable information at any stage of their recovery journey. StartYourRecovery.org provides helpful information for people who are dealing with substance use issues — and their family members, friends, and co-workers, too. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges faced by those who misuse alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, or other substances, and we aim to break through the clutter to help people at any stage of recovery. https://startyourrecovery.org

Take Charge OhioTake Charge Ohio is an initiative to help use pain medication safely and responsibly to minimize the risk of drug misuse, dependency and addiction. We offer prescribers and other healthcare professionals the resources and tools to properly educate patients on safe medication and pain management practices. We also help educate patients about the scope of the problem, its impact in Ohio, and how to take action by sharing what they’ve learned through our free, ready-to-use resources. http://www.takechargeohio.org

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator