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Fellow Ohioans,

Just this week, nine Franklin County residents died from drug overdoses in the span of just two days. 

This is yet another tragic reminder of the very serious consequences of Ohio's persistent addiction and opioid crisis. 

As mayors, we see firsthand the pain that this crisis has caused to our neighbors, our communities, and our state. In 2017 alone, over 5,000 Ohioans lost their lives to this epidemic. 

While many Americans know about the impacts of the opioid crisis (66 percent), a much smaller percentage, only 19 percent, are concerned the crisis will impact their family. 

In 2018, the Ohio Mayors Alliance - a bipartisan coalition of mayors in Ohio's largest cities - joined the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance and its 50+ member organizations.  

Through the leadership of the Nationwide Foundation, this coalition of public and private sector partners came together to launch the Denial, Ohio campaign. 

Set in the fictional town of Denial, Ohio, where residents are “in denial” that their children could become addicted to opioids, this campaign was set up to help raise the awareness about the dangerous of opioid addiction and how close to home it can hit. 

We all have a role to play in combating this ongoing addiction and opioid crisis. Please take a moment to read more about this effort and the resources provided below. 

To watch the Alliance’s Denial, OH public service announcements or to learn more about the Alliance, visit: DontLiveinDenial.org.
Sincerely,

Andrew J. Ginther, Mayor
City of Columbus, Ohio
DON'T LIVE IN DENIAL OHIO PSA
COMMUNITY MEETINGS ACROSS OHIO
The Ohio Opioid Education Alliance launched their campaign in central Ohio, but are expanding their message to the entire state. Pictured above is Nationwide Foundation President, Chad Jester and Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz at a community meeting in Toledo. 

As part of our work with the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance, we have convened community meetings in several Ohio Mayors Alliance cities, including Toledo, Findlay, Dayton and Cincinnati. These meetings introduce the campaign, spearheaded by the Nationwide Foundation, to community foundations, first-responders, treatment providers, business leaders, and nonprofits.
RESOURCES
Ohio Opioid Education Alliance Website
Generation Rx Education Toolkits
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