Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein

Zach Klein
Columbus City Attorney
77 North Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
[email protected]


Nearly two Franklin County residents die every day from unintentional drug overdoses, 80 percent of which are caused by opioids. Countless residents are affected by addiction, and we are seeing devastating consequences to our economy, healthcare systems, child welfare system, and local government agencies. In response, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther directed the Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH) to develop the Franklin County Opiate Action Plan to respond to this growing health crisis. City Attorney Klein’s office is leading efforts to implement the plan.

Click here to view the full Opiate Action Plan.

For more information about the Opiate Action Plan, please contact our office at [email protected] or 614-965-0180.

Click here to see a full list of steering committee members and subcommittee members.

Important Dates

September: National Recovery Month

September 29, 2018 from 12:00-4:00pm - 17th Annual Rally for Recover at Huntington Park (330 Huntington Park Ln, Columbus, OH 43215)
For more information: Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery.

October: National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October 23-31: Red Ribbon Week

What Do I Need?

Healthcare and Risk Reduction
Prevention and Community Education
First Responders and Law Enforcement


Addiction is a complex yet treatable disease. Treatment needs are individualized and need to be readily available. Our action plan works on different ways to meet those treatment needs, and how to break down barriers so people can work towards long term recovery.1

Treatment Access

Family and Peer Support

Recovery Supports





Healthcare and Risk Reduction

Studies show 75% of individuals using heroin first started with using prescription medication. The Healthcare and Risk Reduction subcommittee works on ensuring the public is aware of how to dispose of unused medication and syringes. This subcommittee also examines related health conditions that happen as a result of drug use, and how we can work to address overall community wellness.


Prescription Medication Information

Medication and Syringe Disposal

Prevention and Community Education

Every dollar spent on prevention today saves eighteen dollars in treatment costs in the future.2 Throughout the plan, we work with the community to educate individuals and families about the risks of alcohol and drug misuse.

How to talk to your kids about drugs and other risky behaviors

Prevention Action Alliance programs: Statewide prevention services agency addressing substance misuse and the promotion of mental health wellness

Words Matter to Reduce Stigma

Suicide Prevention

Child Abuse/Bullying/Human Trafficking Prevention

2Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA), Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars and Cents: A Cost-Benefit Analysis, 2007

First Responders and Law Enforcement

Our law enforcement, fire, and EMS partners play an integral role in addressing the drug crisis. They are working to prosecute traffickers and keep drugs off of our streets. At the same time, our first responders are assisting individuals in crisis and getting them access to treatment. Our action plan contemplates ways to assist our first responders as they work in the community, ranging from assisting with naloxone access to training support.

First Responder Agencies

Criminal Justice

Supportive Agencies