Create effective and lasting solutions to eliminate overdose by providing awareness, education, outreach, hope and healing through community involvement and collaboration.

Create effective and lasting solutions to eliminate overdose by providing awareness, education, outreach, hope and healing through community involvement and collaboration.

The Franklin County Overdose Task Force formed in 2015 to address the opioid epidemic in our community. The task force, which has over 70 at large members, works to facilitate connections with agencies and communities and to create initiatives to address the crisis. The task force meets monthly and has sub committees that focus on prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, communications and data collection.

A variety of new programs, interventions and strategies have been undertaken since the inception of the Overdose Task Force, including:
  • Increased access to Naloxone, a non-addictive medication that reverses opioid overdoses
  • Good Wolf Treatment Court to address the overcrowded jail population and those struggling with addiction
  • Grand Jury that investigates drug delivery resulting in death cases after fatal overdoses
  • Mobile-Vivitrol Services partnership with Positive Recovery Solutions
  • Operation-Save-A-Life training to aid in preventing, recognizing and responding to opioid overdoses
  • Get Back Up diversion program links those struggling with addiction to appropriate care if they ask the DA or police for help

The task force works closely with the Franklin/Fulton Drug and Alcohol Program (FFDA), often referred to as the SCA or “Single County Authority”, which has contracted with the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to oversee and/or carry out the administration, implementation, and completion of drug and alcohol services within Franklin and Fulton Counties. Franklin/Fulton Drug and Alcohol Program has three subdivisions: prevention/intervention, case management, and recovery support.

The task force is chaired by District Attorney Matt Fogal. For inquiries, call 717-261-3827.

 

Facts About the Opioid Epidemic*

National Statistics

  • Heroin-related overdose deaths have quadrupled since 2010, as the heroin use has increased during that time frame.
  • From 2014-2015, heroin overdose death rates increased by 20.6%, with nearly 13,000 people dying in 2015.
  • Among new heroin users, approximately 3 out of 4 report having abused prescription opioids prior to using heroin.
  • More than 9 in 10 people who used heroin also used at least one other drug.

Pennsylvania Statistics

  • In 2015, more than 3500 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to drug overdoses.
  • Each day, at least 10 Pennsylvanians die of opioid or heroin overdose.
  • The problem can largely be attributed to the rapid rise in the abuse of opioids, including both prescription pain relievers and heroin.

*National statistics are from www.cdc.gov and state statistics are from www.health.pa.gov

Franklin County Lives Lost

2014: 11
2015: 24
2016: 46
2017: 36*

* does not include suicide deaths

Do You Need Help Finding Resources for Yourself or a Loved One?

Addiction is a disease. It’s very difficult to overcome and treat a disease, because diseases affect each person differently. But there is hope. There are many organizations and resources available in our community and we want you to know about them. We’re here to help.

Accessing Treatment

Treatment services and financial resources can be explored and obtained by contacting Franklin/Fulton County Drug and Alcohol Program.
Call 717-263-1256 (press “0”)
Email ffda@franklincountypa.gov
Or visit the departments webpage at franklincountypa.gov

Crisis Intervention & Injection Drug Users (IDU) Outreach

Keystone Health’s Crisis Intervention Program provides mental health and co-occurring services throughout the Franklin and Fulton County areas. These services are provided by Hotline and/or face-to-face contact in the Crisis office or the local hospital emergency departments. Keystone Health Center also provides IDU outreach programming that provides education about the spread of infections/diseases that are specific to injection drug use.
Crisis Hotline 717-264-2555 or visit keystonehealth.org

In An Emergency, Go To:

Chambersburg Hospital : 717-267-3000
Waynesboro Hospital: 717-765-4000
summithealth.org

PA Get Help Now

The PA Department of Drug and Alcohol can help you find a treatment provider or funding for addiction treatment.
Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
https://apps.ddap.pa.gov/gethelpnow/index.aspx

Prevention Services

If you or your organization would like to learn more about evidence-based programs and education resources focused on drug and alcohol prevention, contact:

Intervention Services

Student Assistance Program (SAP)
Franklin County youth in need of help are referred to their school’s SAP team in order to receive services. Healthy Community Partnerships administers the program:
Call 717-264-1470 or visit hcpfranklinpa.org

Local Recovery Supports

There are many supports in Franklin County for people struggling with addiction and recovery.

Grief Support

Drew Michael Taylor Foundation
Call 717-532-8922 or visit drewmichaeltaylor.org

Grief After a Substance Passing (GRASP)
Call 540-931-3157 or visit grasphelp.org/franklin-county-chapter

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