WHITEHALL (WCMH) — United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams will tour the Whitehall Fire Station and learn about Whitehall’s SAFE Station Program on Thursday.
The Whitehall Division of Fire, in coordination with Division of Police, the Heart of Ohio Family Health Center and Maryhaven Addiction Stabilization Center, has implemented a SAFE (Stop Addiction for Everyone) Station Program.
The program allows people 18 and older a safe and discreet place to go and ask for help with their addiction.
The Surgeon General will also meet with community and business leaders, faith-based organizations, law enforcement and the healthcare industry to discuss steps they are taking to address the opioid epidemic.
According to the Surgeon General, an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. struggle with an opioid use disorder. Each day, more than 115 people die due to an opioid overdose.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, unintentional drug overdose remains the leading cause of injury-related deaths for Ohioans. Ohio continues to be one of the nation’s leaders in the death toll rate.
Columbus Public Health reports Franklin County has realized a 343% increase in deaths between 2003-2016. According to Columbus Public Health, Whitehall, per capita, has been one of the hardest hit cities within the county with overdose rates that are five times higher than the Franklin County average.