Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein

Zach Klein
Columbus City Attorney
77 North Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215


The opioid epidemic is a public health crisis. Nearly two Franklin County residents die every day from a drug overdose, 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. 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. The three-year plan focuses on four overarching goals:

• Prevent opiate abuse and addiction
• Reduce the number of opiate-related deaths
• Expand access and decrease wait for treatment
• Improve the safety of our community

County and city agencies are partnering with community members to address the urgent needs of those affected and to create long-term strategies for the future.

Click here to view the full Opiate Action Plan.

For more information about the Opiate Action Plan, please contact Amy O’Grady at or 614-645-7749.

Subcommittees and Members

The plan is divided into 5 subcommittees. The work of each subcommittee spans the next three years.

• Prevention and Community Education
• Healthcare and Risk Reduction
• Treatment and Supports
• First Responders and Law Enforcement
• Recovery and Community Engagement

Subcommittee Members:

• ADAMH Board of Franklin County
• Addiction Policy Forum
• Alkermes
• Alvis, Inc.
• Central Ohio Hospital Council
• Central Ohio Trauma Systems
• Chalmers P Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center
• Columbus City Attorney
• Columbus Department of Public Safety
• Columbus Division of Fire
• Columbus Division of Police
• Columbus Foundation
• Columbus Metropolitan Library
• Columbus Public Health
• Community for New Direction
• Community Shelter Board
• Comp Drug
• City of Columbus Department of Development
• Educational Services Center of Central Ohio
• Equitas Health
• Franklin County ADAMH
• Franklin County Children's Services
• Franklin County Commissioners
• Franklin County Coroner's Office
• Franklin County Court of Common Pleas
• Franklin County Municipal Court
• Franklin County Public Defender's Office
• Franklin County Public Health
• Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
• HandsOn Central Ohio
• House of Hope
• Human Services Chamber of Franklin County
• IMPACT Community Action
• Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
• Maryhaven
• Mayor Andrew J. Ginther's Office
• Mighty Crow Media
• Mt. Carmel
• Nationwide Children’s Hospital
• Netcare
• Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery
• Ohio Health
• Ohio High School Athletic Association
• St. Mark's United Methodist Church
• Stonewall Columbus
• The Addict's Parent United
• The Columbus Foundation
• The Ohio State University
• United Way of Central Ohio
• US District Court, Southern District of Ohio
• Woodhaven
•YMCA of Central Ohio