Unintentional Prescription Drug Poisoning Project

According to data from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), in 2008, there were 132 unintentional drug overdose deaths among Montgomery County residents. Death certificates revealed 106 (80 percent) of these decedents had prescription opioids, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone, in their systems at the time of death. Benzodiazepines were often found along with the opioids.

Because Montgomery County has an above-average unintentional drug overdose death rate, compared to many other counties in Ohio, Public Health—Dayton & Montgomery County (PHDMC), in collaboration with Montgomery County’s Office of Family and Children First, submitted a proposal to the ODH seeking federal injury prevention block grant funds to address the problem. A renewable grant was awarded in 2010. The WSU Center for Interventions, Treatment & Addictions Research (CITAR) is carrying out the work specified in the grant on a contractual basis. In doing so, CITAR is collaborating with PHDMC, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, and the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board as well as stakeholders in the community.

The goal of the project is to help reduce the rate of unintentional prescription drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County. To accomplish this, the project’s objectives are to: 1) participate in the Montgomery County Opiate Task Force; 2) maintain the Poison Death Review process; 3) implement the Coalition’s recommendations; 4) educate prescribers about OAARS; 5) offer training about the unintentional OD problem to heath care professionals; and 6) develop a social marketing strategy to reduce unintentional Rx overdoses. These objectives are essentially the same ones specified in the initial proposal except that the original Unintentional Drug Poisoning Task Force has been replaced by the Montgomery County Opiate Coalition, which is operated by the Montgomery County ADAMHS Board. Several members from the old Task Force now serve on the Montgomery County Opiate Coalition.

CITAR faculty and staff involved in the project include: Russel Falck, M.A., project director; Robert Carlson, Ph.D., co-director; Raminta Daniulaityte, Ph.D., co-director; Tim Lane, M.Ed., project injury prevention coordinator; Heather Stevens, M.S., project injury prevention coordinator; and Linna Li, M.S., data manager.


Rx Drug Abuse Educational Video Series

The Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research (CITAR) in the Department of Community Health at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has joined with local physicians and other experts to produce a series of short videos, all less than 10 minutes long, to raise awareness of the medical and public health issues surrounding the use of Rx opioids.

The videos are available online at http://www.med.wright.edu/rxdrugs.

Preventing Drug Overdose News Releases and Posters

May 27, 2014 News Release — Summary of the Montgomery County Poisoning Death Review:  2010-2013

April 30, 2013 News Release — Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths Poison Death Review for 2012

Click her to access printable version of the project's Prevent Drug Overdose 8.5 x 11 inch Poster

Click her to access printable version of the project's Prevent Drug Overdose 11 x 17 inch Poster


Project Reports

State and Federal Data on Fatal Prescription Overdoses

Miscellaneous Resources

Community Symposium on Prescription Drug Abuse

The Center for Interventions, Treatment & Addictions Research collaborated with Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County to web cast a live Community Symposium on Prescription Drug Abuse on Dec. 9, 2010. Its purpose was to raise awareness in the community at-large about the problem of prescription drug abuse and unintentional drug overdoses by providing information on the nature and extent of the problem, including signs and symptoms, alternatives and how to find help. The hour-long web cast may be viewed by clicking the link below.

Montgomery County Opiate Coalition

The Montgomery County ADAMHS Opiate Task Force has modified its structure and is now known as the Montgomery County Opiate Coalition, under the leadership of Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS). For current information about Montgomery County's continuing efforts to address unintentional drug poisoning and other issues, please visit the Montgomery County ADAMHS website.

Montgomery County ADAMHS Opiate Task Force Meeting Minutes

Coalition Meeting Notes


Montgomery County Unintentional Drug Poisoning Coalition Roster

Gary LeRoy, M.D.
Chair, Unintentional Drug Poisoning Coalition
Associate Dean, WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine

James Gross, M.P.H.
Vice-Chair, Unintentional Drug Poisoning Coalition
Health Commissioner
Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County

Gideon S. A. Adegbile, M.D.
Medical Director
Project C.U.R.E.

James E. Brown, M.D., EMT-P
Chair, Emergency Medicine
WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine

Rick Buenaventura, M.D.
Pain Relief of Dayton

Robert Carlson, Ph.D.*
Co-Pl, Unintentional Drug Poisoning Project
CITAR, WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine

Gail Chmielewski, M.S.
Outpatient Program Coordinator
Center for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Services

Raminta Daniulaityte, Ph.D.*
Co-I, Unintentional Drug Poisoning Project
CITAR, WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine

Andrea Herman, M.P.A.
Director, Division of Program & Outcome Evaluations
Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County

Mark Hess
Assistant Chief
Dayton Police Department

Andrea Hoff
Program Coordinator
Montgomery County Office of Family and Children First

William Holly, M.P.A.
Executive Director
Project C.U.R.E.

Karen Kirkam, M.D.
Department of Internal Medicine
WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine

D. Timothy Lane, M.Ed.*
Injury Prevention Coordinator
Unintentional Drug Poisoning Project
CITAR, WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine

Lee D. Lehman, Ph.D., M.D.
Chief Deputy Coroner
Montgomery County Coroner's Office

Laureen Marinetti, Ph.D., D-ABFT
Chief Toxicologist
Montgomery County Coroner's Office &
Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory

Bradford Nickels
Division of Emergency Services
Dayton Fire Department

Jeffrey Payne
Assistant Chief
Division of Emergency Services
Dayton Fire Department

Brenda Roman, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine

Anne Russell, Ph.D., R.N.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
WSU College of Nursing & Health

Willie Scales
Community Representative

Carole A. Smith, M.S., C.N.S., CCRN
Pain Clinic
Miami Valley Hospital

Chris Stieritz, R.Ph.
Chief Pharmacist, Southview
Kettering Health Network

Monica Sutter, R.N., B.S.N.
Chemical Dependency Resource Nurse
Good Samaritan Hospital

Doug Teller, M.D.
Internal Medicine/Addiction Medicine
Kettering Health Network

* Center for Interventions, Treatment & Addictions Research (CITAR) Unintentional Drug Poisoning Project Staff